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4tately, "lum" Buck =ulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of
lather on which a mirror and a ra>or lay crossed & yellow dressinggown,
ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air :e
held the bowl aloft and intoned%
##?3ntroibo ad altare 'ei?
:alted, he "eered down the dark winding stairs and called out coarsely%
##2ome u", <inch@ 2ome u", you fearful jesuit@
4olemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest :e faced about
and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding land and the
awaking mountains Then, catching sight of 4te"hen 'edalus, he bent
towards him and made ra"id crosses in the air, gurgling in his throat
and shaking his head 4te"hen 'edalus, dis"leased and slee"y, leaned
his arms on the to" of the staircase and looked coldly at the shaking
gurgling face that blessed him, eAuine in its length, and at the light
untonsured hair, grained and hued like "ale oak
Buck =ulligan "ee"ed an instant under the mirror and then covered the
bowl smartly
##Back to barracks@ he said sternly
:e added in a "reacherBs tone%
##9or this, 5 dearly beloved, is the genuine 2hristine% body and soul
and blood and ouns 4low music, "lease 4hut your eyes, gents 5ne
moment & little trouble about those white cor"uscles 4ilence, all
:e "eered sideways u" and gave a long slow whistle of call, then "aused
awhile in ra"t attention, his even white teeth glistening here and there
with gold "oints 2hrysostomos Two strong shrill whistles answered
through the calm
##Thanks, old cha", he cried briskly That will do nicely 4witch off
the current, will youC
:e ski""ed off the gunrest and looked gravely at his watcher, gathering
about his legs the loose folds of his gown The "lum" shadowed face and
sullen oval jowl recalled a "relate, "atron of arts in the middle ages
& "leasant smile broke Auietly over his li"s
##The mockery of it@ he said gaily !our absurd name, an ancient Greek@
:e "ointed his finger in friendly jest and went over to the "ara"et,
laughing to himself 4te"hen 'edalus ste""ed u", followed him wearily
halfway and sat down on the edge of the gunrest, watching him still as
he "ro""ed his mirror on the "ara"et, di""ed the brush in the bowl and
lathered cheeks and neck
Buck =ulliganBs gay voice went on
##=y name is absurd too% =alachi =ulligan, two dactyls But it has a
:ellenic ring, hasnBt itC Tri""ing and sunny like the buck himself
De must go to &thens Dill you come if 3 can get the aunt to fork out
twenty AuidC
:e laid the brush aside and, laughing with delight, cried%
##Dill he comeC The jejune jesuit@
2easing, he began to shave with care
##Tell me, =ulligan, 4te"hen said Auietly
##!es, my loveC
##:ow long is :aines going to stay in this towerC
Buck =ulligan showed a shaven cheek over his right shoulder
##God, isnBt he dreadfulC he said frankly & "onderous 4aEon :e thinks
youBre not a gentleman God, these bloody English@ Bursting with money
and indigestion Because he comes from 5Eford !ou know, 'edalus, you
have the real 5Eford manner :e canBt make you out 5, my name for you
is the best% <inch, the knife#blade
:e shaved warily over his chin
##:e was raving all night about a black "anther, 4te"hen said Dhere is
his guncaseC
##& woful lunatic@ =ulligan said Dere you in a funkC
##3 was, 4te"hen said with energy and growing fear 5ut here in the dark
with a man 3 donBt know raving and moaning to himself about shooting a
black "anther !ou saved men from drowning 3Bm not a hero, however 3f
he stays on here 3 am off
Buck =ulligan frowned at the lather on his ra>orblade :e ho""ed down
from his "erch and began to search his trouser "ockets hastily
##4cutter@ he cried thickly
:e came over to the gunrest and, thrusting a hand into 4te"henBs u""er
"ocket, said%
##$end us a loan of your noserag to wi"e my ra>or
4te"hen suffered him to "ull out and hold u" on show by its corner a
dirty crum"led handkerchief Buck =ulligan wi"ed the ra>orblade neatly
Then, ga>ing over the handkerchief, he said%
##The bardBs noserag@ & new art colour for our 3rish "oets% snotgreen
!ou can almost taste it, canBt youC
:e mounted to the "ara"et again and ga>ed out over 'ublin bay, his fair
oak"ale hair stirring slightly
##God@ he said Auietly 3snBt the sea what &lgy calls it% a great
sweet motherC The snotgreen sea The scrotumtightening sea ?E"i oino"a
"onton? &h, 'edalus, the Greeks@ 3 must teach you !ou must read them
in the original ?Thalatta@ Thalatta?@ 4he is our great sweet mother
2ome and look
4te"hen stood u" and went over to the "ara"et $eaning on it he looked
down on the water and on the mailboat clearing the harbourmouth of
##5ur mighty mother@ Buck =ulligan said
:e turned abru"tly his grey searching eyes from the sea to 4te"henBs
##The aunt thinks you killed your mother, he said ThatBs why she wonBt
let me have anything to do with you
##4omeone killed her, 4te"hen said gloomily
##!ou could have knelt down, damn it, <inch, when your dying mother
asked you, Buck =ulligan said 3Bm hy"erborean as much as you But to
think of your mother begging you with her last breath to kneel down and
"ray for her &nd you refused There is something sinister in you
:e broke off and lathered again lightly his farther cheek & tolerant
smile curled his li"s
##But a lovely mummer@ he murmured to himself <inch, the loveliest
mummer of them all@
:e shaved evenly and with care, in silence, seriously
4te"hen, an elbow rested on the jagged granite, leaned his "alm against
his brow and ga>ed at the fraying edge of his shiny black coat#sleeve
Pain, that was not yet the "ain of love, fretted his heart 4ilently, in
a dream she had come to him after her death, her wasted body within its
loose brown graveclothes giving off an odour of waE and rosewood, her
breath, that had bent u"on him, mute, re"roachful, a faint odour of
wetted ashes &cross the threadbare cuffedge he saw the sea hailed as a
great sweet mother by the wellfed voice beside him The ring of bay
and skyline held a dull green mass of liAuid & bowl of white china had
stood beside her deathbed holding the green sluggish bile which she had
torn u" from her rotting liver by fits of loud groaning vomiting
Buck =ulligan wi"ed again his ra>orblade
##&h, "oor dogsbody@ he said in a kind voice 3 must give you a shirt
and a few noserags :ow are the secondhand breeksC
##They fit well enough, 4te"hen answered
Buck =ulligan attacked the hollow beneath his underli"
##The mockery of it, he said contentedly 4econdleg they should be God
knows what "oEy bowsy left them off 3 have a lovely "air with a hair
stri"e, grey !ouBll look s"iffing in them 3Bm not joking, <inch !ou
look damn well when youBre dressed
##Thanks, 4te"hen said 3 canBt wear them if they are grey
##:e canBt wear them, Buck =ulligan told his face in the mirror
EtiAuette is etiAuette :e kills his mother but he canBt wear grey
:e folded his ra>or neatly and with stroking "al"s of fingers felt the
smooth skin
4te"hen turned his ga>e from the sea and to the "lum" face with its
smokeblue mobile eyes
##That fellow 3 was with in the 4hi" last night, said Buck =ulligan,
says you have g"i :eBs u" in 'ottyville with 2onnolly ;orman General
"aralysis of the insane@
:e swe"t the mirror a half circle in the air to flash the tidings abroad
in sunlight now radiant on the sea :is curling shaven li"s laughed and
the edges of his white glittering teeth $aughter sei>ed all his strong
wellknit trunk
##$ook at yourself, he said, you dreadful bard@
4te"hen bent forward and "eered at the mirror held out to him, cleft by
a crooked crack :air on end &s he and others see me Dho chose this
face for meC This dogsbody to rid of vermin 3t asks me too
##3 "inched it out of the skivvyBs room, Buck =ulligan said 3t does her
all right The aunt always kee"s "lainlooking servants for =alachi $ead
him not into tem"tation &nd her name is Ursula
$aughing again, he brought the mirror away from 4te"henBs "eering eyes
##The rage of 2aliban at not seeing his face in a mirror, he said 3f
Dilde were only alive to see you@
'rawing back and "ointing, 4te"hen said with bitterness%
##3t is a symbol of 3rish art The cracked looking#glass of a servant
Buck =ulligan suddenly linked his arm in 4te"henBs and walked with him
round the tower, his ra>or and mirror clacking in the "ocket where he
had thrust them
##3tBs not fair to tease you like that, <inch, is itC he said kindly
God knows you have more s"irit than any of them
Parried again :e fears the lancet of my art as 3 fear that of his The
cold steel"en
##2racked lookingglass of a servant@ Tell that to the oEy cha"
downstairs and touch him for a guinea :eBs stinking with money and
thinks youBre not a gentleman :is old fellow made his tin by selling
jala" to Fulus or some bloody swindle or other God, <inch, if you and 3
could only work together we might do something for the island :ellenise
2ranlyBs arm :is arm
##&nd to think of your having to beg from these swine 3Bm the only one
that knows what you are Dhy donBt you trust me moreC Dhat have you
u" your nose against meC 3s it :ainesC 3f he makes any noise here 3Bll
bring down 4eymour and weBll give him a ragging worse than they gave
2live <em"thor"e
!oung shouts of moneyed voices in 2live <em"thor"eBs rooms Palefaces%
they hold their ribs with laughter, one clas"ing another 5, 3 shall
eE"ire@ Break the news to her gently, &ubrey@ 3 shall die@ Dith slit
ribbons of his shirt whi""ing the air he ho"s and hobbles round the
table, with trousers down at heels, chased by &des of =agdalen with the
tailorBs shears & scared calfBs face gilded with marmalade 3 donBt
want to be debagged@ 'onBt you "lay the giddy oE with me@
4houts from the o"en window startling evening in the Auadrangle & deaf
gardener, a"roned, masked with =atthew &rnoldBs face, "ushes his mower
on the sombre lawn watching narrowly the dancing motes of grasshalms
To ourselves new "aganism om"halos
##$et him stay, 4te"hen said ThereBs nothing wrong with him eEce"t at
##Then what is itC Buck =ulligan asked im"atiently 2ough it u" 3Bm
Auite frank with you Dhat have you against me nowC
They halted, looking towards the blunt ca"e of Bray :ead that lay on the
water like the snout of a slee"ing whale 4te"hen freed his arm Auietly
##'o you wish me to tell youC he asked
##!es, what is itC Buck =ulligan answered 3 donBt remember anything
:e looked in 4te"henBs face as he s"oke & light wind "assed his brow,
fanning softly his fair uncombed hair and stirring silver "oints of
anEiety in his eyes
4te"hen, de"ressed by his own voice, said%
##'o you remember the first day 3 went to your house after my motherBs
Buck =ulligan frowned Auickly and said%
##DhatC DhereC 3 canBt remember anything 3 remember only ideas and
sensations DhyC Dhat ha""ened in the name of GodC
##!ou were making tea, 4te"hen said, and went across the landing to
get more hot water !our mother and some visitor came out of the
drawingroom 4he asked you who was in your room
##!esC Buck =ulligan said Dhat did 3 sayC 3 forget
##!ou said, 4te"hen answered, ?5, itBs only 'edalus whose mother is
beastly dead?
& flush which made him seem younger and more engaging rose to Buck
=ulliganBs cheek
##'id 3 say thatC he asked DellC Dhat harm is thatC
:e shook his constraint from him nervously
##&nd what is death, he asked, your motherBs or yours or my ownC !ou
saw only your mother die 3 see them "o" off every day in the =ater and
1ichmond and cut u" into tri"es in the dissectingroom 3tBs a beastly
thing and nothing else 3t sim"ly doesnBt matter !ou wouldnBt kneel
down to "ray for your mother on her deathbed when she asked you DhyC
Because you have the cursed jesuit strain in you, only itBs injected the
wrong way To me itBs all a mockery and beastly :er cerebral lobes
are not functioning 4he calls the doctor sir Peter Tea>le and "icks
buttercu"s off the Auilt :umour her till itBs over !ou crossed her
last wish in death and yet you sulk with me because 3 donBt whinge like
some hired mute from $alouetteBs &bsurd@ 3 su""ose 3 did say it 3
didnBt mean to offend the memory of your mother
:e had s"oken himself into boldness 4te"hen, shielding the ga"ing
wounds which the words had left in his heart, said very coldly%
##3 am not thinking of the offence to my mother
##5f what thenC Buck =ulligan asked
##5f the offence to me, 4te"hen answered
Buck =ulligan swung round on his heel
##5, an im"ossible "erson@ he eEclaimed
:e walked off Auickly round the "ara"et 4te"hen stood at his "ost,
ga>ing over the calm sea towards the headland 4ea and headland now grew
dim Pulses were beating in his eyes, veiling their sight, and he felt
the fever of his cheeks
& voice within the tower called loudly%
##&re you u" there, =ulliganC
##3Bm coming, Buck =ulligan answered
:e turned towards 4te"hen and said%
##$ook at the sea Dhat does it care about offencesC 2huck $oyola,
<inch, and come on down The 4assenach wants his morning rashers
:is head halted again for a moment at the to" of the staircase, level
with the roof%
##'onBt mo"e over it all day, he said 3Bm inconseAuent Give u" the
moody brooding
:is head vanished but the drone of his descending voice boomed out of
the stairhead%
?&nd no more turn aside and brood
U"on loveBs bitter mystery
9or 9ergus rules the bra>en cars?
Doodshadows floated silently by through the morning "eace from the
stairhead seaward where he ga>ed 3nshore and farther out the mirror of
water whitened, s"urned by lightshod hurrying feet Dhite breast of
the dim sea The twining stresses, two by two & hand "lucking the
har"strings, merging their twining chords Davewhite wedded words
shimmering on the dim tide
& cloud began to cover the sun slowly, wholly, shadowing the bay in
dee"er green 3t lay beneath him, a bowl of bitter waters 9ergusB song%
3 sang it alone in the house, holding down the long dark chords :er
door was o"en% she wanted to hear my music 4ilent with awe and "ity
3 went to her bedside 4he was crying in her wretched bed 9or those
words, 4te"hen% loveBs bitter mystery
Dhere nowC
:er secrets% old featherfans, tasselled dancecards, "owdered with musk,
a gaud of amber beads in her locked drawer & birdcage hung in the sunny
window of her house when she was a girl 4he heard old 1oyce sing in the
"antomime of Turko the Terrible and laughed with others when he sang%
?3 am the boy
That can enjoy
Phantasmal mirth, folded away% musk"erfumed
?&nd no more turn aside and brood?
9olded away in the memory of nature with her toys =emories beset his
brooding brain :er glass of water from the kitchen ta" when she had
a""roached the sacrament & cored a""le, filled with brown sugar,
roasting for her at the hob on a dark autumn evening :er sha"ely
fingernails reddened by the blood of sAuashed lice from the childrenBs
3n a dream, silently, she had come to him, her wasted body within its
loose graveclothes giving off an odour of waE and rosewood, her breath,
bent over him with mute secret words, a faint odour of wetted ashes
:er gla>ing eyes, staring out of death, to shake and bend my soul 5n me
alone The ghostcandle to light her agony Ghostly light on the tortured
face :er hoarse loud breath rattling in horror, while all "rayed on
their knees :er eyes on me to strike me down ?$iliata rutilantium te
confessorum turma circumdet% iubilantium te virginum chorus eEci"iat?
Ghoul@ 2hewer of cor"ses@
;o, mother@ $et me be and let me live
##<inch ahoy@
Buck =ulliganBs voice sang from within the tower 3t came nearer u" the
staircase, calling again 4te"hen, still trembling at his soulBs cry,
heard warm running sunlight and in the air behind him friendly words
##'edalus, come down, like a good mosey Breakfast is ready :aines is
a"ologising for waking us last night 3tBs all right
##3Bm coming, 4te"hen said, turning
##'o, for JesusB sake, Buck =ulligan said 9or my sake and for all our
:is head disa""eared and rea""eared
##3 told him your symbol of 3rish art :e says itBs very clever Touch
him for a Auid, will youC & guinea, 3 mean
##3 get "aid this morning, 4te"hen said
##The school ki"C Buck =ulligan said :ow muchC 9our AuidC $end us one
##3f you want it, 4te"hen said
##9our shining sovereigns, Buck =ulligan cried with delight DeBll
have a glorious drunk to astonish the druidy druids 9our omni"otent
:e flung u" his hands and tram"ed down the stone stairs, singing out of
tune with a 2ockney accent%
?5, wonBt we have a merry time,
'rinking whisky, beer and wine@
5n coronation,
2oronation day@
5, wonBt we have a merry time
5n coronation day@?
Darm sunshine merrying over the sea The nickel shavingbowl shone,
forgotten, on the "ara"et Dhy should 3 bring it downC 5r leave it there
all day, forgotten friendshi"C
:e went over to it, held it in his hands awhile, feeling its coolness,
smelling the clammy slaver of the lather in which the brush was stuck
4o 3 carried the boat of incense then at 2longowes 3 am another now and
yet the same & servant too & server of a servant
3n the gloomy domed livingroom of the tower Buck =ulliganBs gowned form
moved briskly to and fro about the hearth, hiding and revealing its
yellow glow Two shafts of soft daylight fell across the flagged floor
from the high barbacans% and at the meeting of their rays a cloud of
coalsmoke and fumes of fried grease floated, turning
##DeBll be choked, Buck =ulligan said :aines, o"en that door, will youC
4te"hen laid the shavingbowl on the locker & tall figure rose from the
hammock where it had been sitting, went to the doorway and "ulled o"en
the inner doors
##:ave you the keyC a voice asked
##'edalus has it, Buck =ulligan said Janey =ack, 3Bm choked@
:e howled, without looking u" from the fire%
##3tBs in the lock, 4te"hen said, coming forward
The key scra"ed round harshly twice and, when the heavy door had been
set ajar, welcome light and bright air entered :aines stood at the
doorway, looking out 4te"hen haled his u"ended valise to the table and
sat down to wait Buck =ulligan tossed the fry on to the dish beside
him Then he carried the dish and a large tea"ot over to the table, set
them down heavily and sighed with relief
##3Bm melting, he said, as the candle remarked when But, hush@ ;ot a
word more on that subject@ <inch, wake u"@ Bread, butter, honey :aines,
come in The grub is ready Bless us, 5 $ord, and these thy gifts
DhereBs the sugarC 5, jay, thereBs no milk
4te"hen fetched the loaf and the "ot of honey and the buttercooler from
the locker Buck =ulligan sat down in a sudden "et
##Dhat sort of a ki" is thisC he said 3 told her to come after eight
##De can drink it black, 4te"hen said thirstily ThereBs a lemon in the
##5, damn you and your Paris fads@ Buck =ulligan said 3 want 4andycove
:aines came in from the doorway and said Auietly%
##That woman is coming u" with the milk
##The blessings of God on you@ Buck =ulligan cried, jum"ing u" from his
chair 4it down Pour out the tea there The sugar is in the bag :ere,
3 canBt go fumbling at the damned eggs
:e hacked through the fry on the dish and sla""ed it out on three
"lates, saying%
##?3n nomine Patris et 9ilii et 4"iritus 4ancti?
:aines sat down to "our out the tea
##3Bm giving you two lum"s each, he said But, 3 say, =ulligan, you do
make strong tea, donBt youC
Buck =ulligan, hewing thick slices from the loaf, said in an old womanBs
wheedling voice%
##Dhen 3 makes tea 3 makes tea, as old mother Grogan said &nd when 3
makes water 3 makes water
##By Jove, it is tea, :aines said
Buck =ulligan went on hewing and wheedling%
##?4o 3 do, =rs 2ahill,? says she ?Begob, maBam,? says =rs 2ahill, ?God
send you donBt make them in the one "ot?
:e lunged towards his messmates in turn a thick slice of bread, im"aled
on his knife
##ThatBs folk, he said very earnestly, for your book, :aines 9ive
lines of teEt and ten "ages of notes about the folk and the fishgods of
'undrum Printed by the weird sisters in the year of the big wind
:e turned to 4te"hen and asked in a fine "u>>led voice, lifting his
##2an you recall, brother, is mother GroganBs tea and water "ot s"oken
of in the =abinogion or is it in the U"anishadsC
##3 doubt it, said 4te"hen gravely
##'o you nowC Buck =ulligan said in the same tone !our reasons, "rayC
##3 fancy, 4te"hen said as he ate, it did not eEist in or out of the
=abinogion =other Grogan was, one imagines, a kinswoman of =ary &nn
Buck =ulliganBs face smiled with delight
##2harming@ he said in a finical sweet voice, showing his white teeth
and blinking his eyes "leasantly 'o you think she wasC Guite charming@
Then, suddenly overclouding all his features, he growled in a hoarsened
ras"ing voice as he hewed again vigorously at the loaf%
?##9or old =ary &nn
4he doesnBt care a damn
But, hising u" her "etticoats?
:e crammed his mouth with fry and munched and droned
The doorway was darkened by an entering form
##The milk, sir@
##2ome in, maBam, =ulligan said <inch, get the jug
&n old woman came forward and stood by 4te"henBs elbow
##ThatBs a lovely morning, sir, she said Glory be to God
##To whomC =ulligan said, glancing at her &h, to be sure@
4te"hen reached back and took the milkjug from the locker
##The islanders, =ulligan said to :aines casually, s"eak freAuently of
the collector of "re"uces
##:ow much, sirC asked the old woman
##& Auart, 4te"hen said
:e watched her "our into the measure and thence into the jug rich white
milk, not hers 5ld shrunken "a"s 4he "oured again a measureful and
a tilly 5ld and secret she had entered from a morning world, maybe
a messenger 4he "raised the goodness of the milk, "ouring it out
2rouching by a "atient cow at daybreak in the lush field, a witch on her
toadstool, her wrinkled fingers Auick at the sAuirting dugs They lowed
about her whom they knew, dewsilky cattle 4ilk of the kine and "oor old
woman, names given her in old times & wandering crone, lowly form of
an immortal serving her conAueror and her gay betrayer, their common
cuckAuean, a messenger from the secret morning To serve or to u"braid,
whether he could not tell% but scorned to beg her favour
##3t is indeed, maBam, Buck =ulligan said, "ouring milk into their cu"s
##Taste it, sir, she said
:e drank at her bidding
##3f we could live on good food like that, he said to her somewhat
loudly, we wouldnBt have the country full of rotten teeth and rotten
guts $iving in a bogswam", eating chea" food and the streets "aved with
dust, horsedung and consum"tivesB s"its
##&re you a medical student, sirC the old woman asked
##3 am, maBam, Buck =ulligan answered
##$ook at that now, she said
4te"hen listened in scornful silence 4he bows her old head to a voice
that s"eaks to her loudly, her bonesetter, her medicineman% me she
slights To the voice that will shrive and oil for the grave all there
is of her but her womanBs unclean loins, of manBs flesh made not in
GodBs likeness, the ser"entBs "rey &nd to the loud voice that now bids
her be silent with wondering unsteady eyes
##'o you understand what he saysC 4te"hen asked her
##3s it 9rench you are talking, sirC the old woman said to :aines
:aines s"oke to her again a longer s"eech, confidently
##3rish, Buck =ulligan said 3s there Gaelic on youC
##3 thought it was 3rish, she said, by the sound of it &re you from the
west, sirC
##3 am an Englishman, :aines answered
##:eBs English, Buck =ulligan said, and he thinks we ought to s"eak
3rish in 3reland
##4ure we ought to, the old woman said, and 3Bm ashamed 3 donBt s"eak
the language myself 3Bm told itBs a grand language by them that knows
##Grand is no name for it, said Buck =ulligan Donderful entirely 9ill
us out some more tea, <inch Dould you like a cu", maBamC
##;o, thank you, sir, the old woman said, sli""ing the ring of the
milkcan on her forearm and about to go
:aines said to her%
##:ave you your billC De had better "ay her, =ulligan, hadnBt weC
4te"hen filled again the three cu"s
##Bill, sirC she said, halting Dell, itBs seven mornings a "int at
two"ence is seven twos is a shilling and two"ence over and these three
mornings a Auart at four"ence is three Auarts is a shilling ThatBs a
shilling and one and two is two and two, sir
Buck =ulligan sighed and, having filled his mouth with a crust thickly
buttered on both sides, stretched forth his legs and began to search his
trouser "ockets
##Pay u" and look "leasant, :aines said to him, smiling
4te"hen filled a third cu", a s"oonful of tea colouring faintly the
thick rich milk Buck =ulligan brought u" a florin, twisted it round in
his fingers and cried%
##& miracle@
:e "assed it along the table towards the old woman, saying%
##&sk nothing more of me, sweet &ll 3 can give you 3 give
4te"hen laid the coin in her uneager hand
##DeBll owe two"ence, he said
##Time enough, sir, she said, taking the coin Time enough Good
morning, sir
4he curtseyed and went out, followed by Buck =ulliganBs tender chant%
?##:eart of my heart, were it more,
=ore would be laid at your feet?
:e turned to 4te"hen and said%
##4eriously, 'edalus 3Bm stony :urry out to your school ki" and bring
us back some money Today the bards must drink and junket 3reland
eE"ects that every man this day will do his duty
##That reminds me, :aines said, rising, that 3 have to visit your
national library today
##5ur swim first, Buck =ulligan said
:e turned to 4te"hen and asked blandly%
##3s this the day for your monthly wash, <inchC
Then he said to :aines%
##The unclean bard makes a "oint of washing once a month
##&ll 3reland is washed by the gulfstream, 4te"hen said as he let honey
trickle over a slice of the loaf
:aines from the corner where he was knotting easily a scarf about the
loose collar of his tennis shirt s"oke%
##3 intend to make a collection of your sayings if you will let me
4"eaking to me They wash and tub and scrub &genbite of inwit
2onscience !et hereBs a s"ot
##That one about the cracked lookingglass of a servant being the symbol
of 3rish art is deuced good
Buck =ulligan kicked 4te"henBs foot under the table and said with warmth
of tone%
##Dait till you hear him on :amlet, :aines
##Dell, 3 mean it, :aines said, still s"eaking to 4te"hen 3 was just
thinking of it when that "oor old creature came in
##Dould 3 make any money by itC 4te"hen asked
:aines laughed and, as he took his soft grey hat from the holdfast of
the hammock, said%
##3 donBt know, 3Bm sure
:e strolled out to the doorway Buck =ulligan bent across to 4te"hen and
said with coarse vigour%
##!ou "ut your hoof in it now Dhat did you say that forC
##DellC 4te"hen said The "roblem is to get money 9rom whomC 9rom the
milkwoman or from him 3tBs a toss u", 3 think
##3 blow him out about you, Buck =ulligan said, and then you come along
with your lousy leer and your gloomy jesuit jibes
##3 see little ho"e, 4te"hen said, from her or from him
Buck =ulligan sighed tragically and laid his hand on 4te"henBs arm
##9rom me, <inch, he said
3n a suddenly changed tone he added%
##To tell you the GodBs truth 3 think youBre right 'amn all else they
are good for Dhy donBt you "lay them as 3 doC To hell with them all
$et us get out of the ki"
:e stood u", gravely ungirdled and disrobed himself of his gown, saying
##=ulligan is stri""ed of his garments
:e em"tied his "ockets on to the table
##ThereBs your snotrag, he said
&nd "utting on his stiff collar and rebellious tie he s"oke to them,
chiding them, and to his dangling watchchain :is hands "lunged and
rummaged in his trunk while he called for a clean handkerchief God,
weBll sim"ly have to dress the character 3 want "uce gloves and
green boots 2ontradiction 'o 3 contradict myselfC Hery well then, 3
contradict myself =ercurial =alachi & lim" black missile flew out of
his talking hands
##&nd thereBs your $atin Auarter hat, he said
4te"hen "icked it u" and "ut it on :aines called to them from the
##&re you coming, you fellowsC
##3Bm ready, Buck =ulligan answered, going towards the door 2ome out,
<inch !ou have eaten all we left, 3 su""ose 1esigned he "assed out
with grave words and gait, saying, wellnigh with sorrow%
##&nd going forth he met Butterly
4te"hen, taking his ash"lant from its leaning"lace, followed them out
and, as they went down the ladder, "ulled to the slow iron door and
locked it :e "ut the huge key in his inner "ocket
&t the foot of the ladder Buck =ulligan asked%
##'id you bring the keyC
##3 have it, 4te"hen said, "receding them
:e walked on Behind him he heard Buck =ulligan club with his heavy
bathtowel the leader shoots of ferns or grasses
##'own, sir@ :ow dare you, sir@
:aines asked%
##'o you "ay rent for this towerC
##Twelve Auid, Buck =ulligan said
##To the secretary of state for war, 4te"hen added over his shoulder
They halted while :aines surveyed the tower and said at last%
##1ather bleak in wintertime, 3 should say =artello you call itC
##Billy Pitt had them built, Buck =ulligan said, when the 9rench were on
the sea But ours is the ?om"halos?
##Dhat is your idea of :amletC :aines asked 4te"hen
##;o, no, Buck =ulligan shouted in "ain 3Bm not eAual to Thomas &Auinas
and the fiftyfive reasons he has made out to "ro" it u" Dait till 3
have a few "ints in me first
:e turned to 4te"hen, saying, as he "ulled down neatly the "eaks of his
"rimrose waistcoat%
##!ou couldnBt manage it under three "ints, <inch, could youC
##3t has waited so long, 4te"hen said listlessly, it can wait longer
##!ou "iAue my curiosity, :aines said amiably 3s it some "aradoEC
##Pooh@ Buck =ulligan said De have grown out of Dilde and "aradoEes
3tBs Auite sim"le :e "roves by algebra that :amletBs grandson is
4hakes"eareBs grandfather and that he himself is the ghost of his own
##DhatC :aines said, beginning to "oint at 4te"hen :e himselfC
Buck =ulligan slung his towel stolewise round his neck and, bending in
loose laughter, said to 4te"henBs ear%
##5, shade of <inch the elder@ Ja"het in search of a father@
##DeBre always tired in the morning, 4te"hen said to :aines &nd it is
rather long to tell
Buck =ulligan, walking forward again, raised his hands
##The sacred "int alone can unbind the tongue of 'edalus, he said
##3 mean to say, :aines eE"lained to 4te"hen as they followed, this
tower and these cliffs here remind me somehow of Elsinore ?That beetles
oBer his base into the sea,? isnBt itC
Buck =ulligan turned suddenly for an instant towards 4te"hen but did
not s"eak 3n the bright silent instant 4te"hen saw his own image in
chea" dusty mourning between their gay attires
##3tBs a wonderful tale, :aines said, bringing them to halt again
Eyes, "ale as the sea the wind had freshened, "aler, firm and "rudent
The seasB ruler, he ga>ed southward over the bay, em"ty save for the
smoke"lume of the mailboat vague on the bright skyline and a sail
tacking by the =uglins
##3 read a theological inter"retation of it somewhere, he said bemused
The 9ather and the 4on idea The 4on striving to be atoned with the
Buck =ulligan at once "ut on a blithe broadly smiling face :e looked
at them, his wellsha"ed mouth o"en ha""ily, his eyes, from which he had
suddenly withdrawn all shrewd sense, blinking with mad gaiety :e moved
a dollBs head to and fro, the brims of his Panama hat Auivering, and
began to chant in a Auiet ha""y foolish voice%
?##3Bm the Aueerest young fellow that ever you heard
=y motherBs a jew, my fatherBs a bird
Dith Jose"h the joiner 3 cannot agree
4o hereBs to disci"les and 2alvary?
:e held u" a forefinger of warning
?##3f anyone thinks that 3 amnBt divine
:eBll get no free drinks when 3Bm making the wine
But have to drink water and wish it were "lain
That i make when the wine becomes water again?
:e tugged swiftly at 4te"henBs ash"lant in farewell and, running forward
to a brow of the cliff, fluttered his hands at his sides like fins or
wings of one about to rise in the air, and chanted%
?##Goodbye, now, goodbye@ Drite down all 3 said
&nd tell Tom, 'ick and :arry 3 rose from the dead
DhatBs bred in the bone cannot fail me to fly
&nd 5livetBs bree>y Goodbye, now, goodbye@?
:e ca"ered before them down towards the fortyfoot hole, fluttering his
winglike hands, lea"ing nimbly, =ercuryBs hat Auivering in the fresh
wind that bore back to them his brief birdsweet cries
:aines, who had been laughing guardedly, walked on beside 4te"hen and
##De oughtnBt to laugh, 3 su""ose :eBs rather blas"hemous 3Bm not a
believer myself, that is to say 4till his gaiety takes the harm out of
it somehow, doesnBt itC Dhat did he call itC Jose"h the JoinerC
##The ballad of joking Jesus, 4te"hen answered
##5, :aines said, you have heard it beforeC
##Three times a day, after meals, 4te"hen said drily
##!ouBre not a believer, are youC :aines asked 3 mean, a believer in
the narrow sense of the word 2reation from nothing and miracles and a
"ersonal God
##ThereBs only one sense of the word, it seems to me, 4te"hen said
:aines sto""ed to take out a smooth silver case in which twinkled a
green stone :e s"rang it o"en with his thumb and offered it
##Thank you, 4te"hen said, taking a cigarette
:aines hel"ed himself and sna""ed the case to :e "ut it back in his
side"ocket and took from his waistcoat"ocket a nickel tinderboE, s"rang
it o"en too, and, having lit his cigarette, held the flaming s"unk
towards 4te"hen in the shell of his hands
##!es, of course, he said, as they went on again Either you believe
or you donBt, isnBt itC Personally 3 couldnBt stomach that idea of a
"ersonal God !ou donBt stand for that, 3 su""oseC
##!ou behold in me, 4te"hen said with grim dis"leasure, a horrible
eEam"le of free thought
:e walked on, waiting to be s"oken to, trailing his ash"lant by his
side 3ts ferrule followed lightly on the "ath, sAuealing at his heels
=y familiar, after me, calling, 4teeeeeeeeeeee"hen@ & wavering line
along the "ath They will walk on it tonight, coming here in the dark
:e wants that key 3t is mine 3 "aid the rent ;ow 3 eat his salt
bread Give him the key too &ll :e will ask for it That was in his
##&fter all, :aines began
4te"hen turned and saw that the cold ga>e which had measured him was not
all unkind
##&fter all, 3 should think you are able to free yourself !ou are your
own master, it seems to me
##3 am a servant of two masters, 4te"hen said, an English and an
##3talianC :aines said
& cra>y Aueen, old and jealous <neel down before me
##&nd a third, 4te"hen said, there is who wants me for odd jobs
##3talianC :aines said again Dhat do you meanC
##The im"erial British state, 4te"hen answered, his colour rising, and
the holy 1oman catholic and a"ostolic church
:aines detached from his underli" some fibres of tobacco before he
##3 can Auite understand that, he said calmly &n 3rishman must think
like that, 3 daresay De feel in England that we have treated you rather
unfairly 3t seems history is to blame
The "roud "otent titles clanged over 4te"henBs memory the trium"h
of their bra>en bells% ?et unam sanctam catholicam et a"ostolicam
ecclesiam%? the slow growth and change of rite and dogma like his own
rare thoughts, a chemistry of stars 4ymbol of the a"ostles in the
mass for "o"e =arcellus, the voices blended, singing alone loud in
affirmation% and behind their chant the vigilant angel of the church
militant disarmed and menaced her heresiarchs & horde of heresies
fleeing with mitres awry% Photius and the brood of mockers of
whom =ulligan was one, and &rius, warring his life long u"on the
consubstantiality of the 4on with the 9ather, and Halentine, s"urning
2hristBs terrene body, and the subtle &frican heresiarch 4abellius who
held that the 9ather was :imself :is own 4on Dords =ulligan had s"oken
a moment since in mockery to the stranger 3dle mockery The void
awaits surely all them that weave the wind% a menace, a disarming and a
worsting from those embattled angels of the church, =ichaelBs host,
who defend her ever in the hour of conflict with their lances and their
:ear, hear@ Prolonged a""lause ?Fut@ ;om de 'ieu@?
##5f course 3Bm a Britisher, :ainesBs voice said, and 3 feel as one 3
donBt want to see my country fall into the hands of German jews either
ThatBs our national "roblem, 3Bm afraid, just now
Two men stood at the verge of the cliff, watching% businessman, boatman
##4heBs making for Bullock harbour
The boatman nodded towards the north of the bay with some disdain
##ThereBs five fathoms out there, he said 3tBll be swe"t u" that way
when the tide comes in about one 3tBs nine days today
The man that was drowned & sail veering about the blank bay waiting
for a swollen bundle to bob u", roll over to the sun a "uffy face,
saltwhite :ere 3 am
They followed the winding "ath down to the creek Buck =ulligan stood on
a stone, in shirtsleeves, his uncli""ed tie ri""ling over his shoulder
& young man clinging to a s"ur of rock near him, moved slowly frogwise
his green legs in the dee" jelly of the water
##3s the brother with you, =alachiC
##'own in Destmeath Dith the Bannons
##4till thereC 3 got a card from Bannon 4ays he found a sweet young
thing down there Photo girl he calls her
##4na"shot, ehC Brief eE"osure
Buck =ulligan sat down to unlace his boots &n elderly man shot u" near
the s"ur of rock a blowing red face :e scrambled u" by the stones,
water glistening on his "ate and on its garland of grey hair, water
rilling over his chest and "aunch and s"illing jets out of his black
sagging loincloth
Buck =ulligan made way for him to scramble "ast and, glancing at :aines
and 4te"hen, crossed himself "iously with his thumbnail at brow and li"s
and breastbone
##4eymourBs back in town, the young man said, gras"ing again his s"ur of
rock 2hucked medicine and going in for the army
##&h, go to God@ Buck =ulligan said
##Going over neEt week to stew !ou know that red 2arlisle girl, $ilyC
##4"ooning with him last night on the "ier The father is rotto with
##3s she u" the "oleC
##Better ask 4eymour that
##4eymour a bleeding officer@ Buck =ulligan said
:e nodded to himself as he drew off his trousers and stood u", saying
##1edheaded women buck like goats
:e broke off in alarm, feeling his side under his fla""ing shirt
##=y twelfth rib is gone, he cried 3Bm the ?Uebermensch? Toothless
<inch and 3, the su"ermen
:e struggled out of his shirt and flung it behind him to where his
clothes lay
##&re you going in here, =alachiC
##!es =ake room in the bed
The young man shoved himself backward through the water and reached
the middle of the creek in two long clean strokes :aines sat down on a
stone, smoking
##&re you not coming inC Buck =ulligan asked
##$ater on, :aines said ;ot on my breakfast
4te"hen turned away
##3Bm going, =ulligan, he said
##Give us that key, <inch, Buck =ulligan said, to kee" my chemise flat
4te"hen handed him the key Buck =ulligan laid it across his hea"ed
##&nd two"ence, he said, for a "int Throw it there
4te"hen threw two "ennies on the soft hea" 'ressing, undressing Buck
=ulligan erect, with joined hands before him, said solemnly%
##:e who stealeth from the "oor lendeth to the $ord Thus s"ake
:is "lum" body "lunged
##DeBll see you again, :aines said, turning as 4te"hen walked u" the
"ath and smiling at wild 3rish
:orn of a bull, hoof of a horse, smile of a 4aEon
##The 4hi", Buck =ulligan cried :alf twelve
##Good, 4te"hen said
:e walked along the u"wardcurving "ath
?$iliata rutilantium
Turma circumdet
3ubilantium te virginum?
The "riestBs grey nimbus in a niche where he dressed discreetly 3 will
not slee" here tonight :ome also 3 cannot go
& voice, sweettoned and sustained, called to him from the sea Turning
the curve he waved his hand 3t called again & sleek brown head, a
sealBs, far out on the water, round
##!ou, 2ochrane, what city sent for himC
##Tarentum, sir
##Hery good DellC
##There was a battle, sir
##Hery good DhereC
The boyBs blank face asked the blank window
9abled by the daughters of memory &nd yet it was in some way if not as
memory fabled it & "hrase, then, of im"atience, thud of BlakeBs wings
of eEcess 3 hear the ruin of all s"ace, shattered glass and to""ling
masonry, and time one livid final flame DhatBs left us thenC
##3 forget the "lace, sir )I7 B 2
##&sculum, 4te"hen said, glancing at the name and date in the
gorescarred book
##!es, sir &nd he said% ?&nother victory like that and we are done
That "hrase the world had remembered & dull ease of the mind 9rom
a hill above a cor"sestrewn "lain a general s"eaking to his officers,
leaned u"on his s"ear &ny general to any officers They lend ear
##!ou, &rmstrong, 4te"hen said Dhat was the end of PyrrhusC
##End of Pyrrhus, sirC
##3 know, sir &sk me, sir, 2omyn said
##Dait !ou, &rmstrong 'o you know anything about PyrrhusC
& bag of figrolls lay snugly in &rmstrongBs satchel :e curled them
between his "alms at whiles and swallowed them softly 2rumbs adhered to
the tissue of his li"s & sweetened boyBs breath Delloff "eo"le, "roud
that their eldest son was in the navy Hico road, 'alkey
##Pyrrhus, sirC Pyrrhus, a "ier
&ll laughed =irthless high malicious laughter &rmstrong looked round
at his classmates, silly glee in "rofile 3n a moment they will laugh
more loudly, aware of my lack of rule and of the fees their "a"as "ay
##Tell me now, 4te"hen said, "oking the boyBs shoulder with the book,
what is a "ier
##& "ier, sir, &rmstrong said & thing out in the water & kind of a
bridge <ingstown "ier, sir
4ome laughed again% mirthless but with meaning Two in the back bench
whis"ered !es They knew% had never learned nor ever been innocent
&ll Dith envy he watched their faces% Edith, Ethel, Gerty, $ily Their
likes% their breaths, too, sweetened with tea and jam, their bracelets
tittering in the struggle
##<ingstown "ier, 4te"hen said !es, a disa""ointed bridge
The words troubled their ga>e
##:ow, sirC 2omyn asked & bridge is across a river
9or :ainesBs cha"book ;o#one here to hear Tonight deftly amid wild
drink and talk, to "ierce the "olished mail of his mind Dhat thenC &
jester at the court of his master, indulged and disesteemed, winning a
clement masterBs "raise Dhy had they chosen all that "artC ;ot wholly
for the smooth caress 9or them too history was a tale like any other
too often heard, their land a "awnsho"
:ad Pyrrhus not fallen by a beldamBs hand in &rgos or Julius 2aesar not
been knifed to death They are not to be thought away Time has
branded them and fettered they are lodged in the room of the infinite
"ossibilities they have ousted But can those have been "ossible seeing
that they never wereC 5r was that only "ossible which came to "assC
Deave, weaver of the wind
##Tell us a story, sir
##5, do, sir & ghoststory
##Dhere do you begin in thisC 4te"hen asked, o"ening another book
#?#Dee" no more,? 2omyn said
##Go on then, Talbot
##&nd the story, sirC
##&fter, 4te"hen said Go on, Talbot
& swarthy boy o"ened a book and "ro""ed it nimbly under the breastwork
of his satchel :e recited jerks of verse with odd glances at the teEt%
?##Dee" no more, woful she"herds, wee" no more
9or $ycidas, your sorrow, is not dead,
4unk though he be beneath the watery floor?
3t must be a movement then, an actuality of the "ossible as "ossible
&ristotleBs "hrase formed itself within the gabbled verses and floated
out into the studious silence of the library of 4aint Genevieve where he
had read, sheltered from the sin of Paris, night by night By his elbow
a delicate 4iamese conned a handbook of strategy 9ed and feeding brains
about me% under glowlam"s, im"aled, with faintly beating feelers% and
in my mindBs darkness a sloth of the underworld, reluctant, shy of
brightness, shifting her dragon scaly folds Thought is the thought of
thought TranAuil brightness The soul is in a manner all that is% the
soul is the form of forms TranAuility sudden, vast, candescent% form of
Talbot re"eated%
?##Through the dear might of :im that walked the waves,
Through the dear might?
##Turn over, 4te"hen said Auietly 3 donBt see anything
##Dhat, sirC Talbot asked sim"ly, bending forward
:is hand turned the "age over :e leaned back and went on again, having
just remembered 5f him that walked the waves :ere also over these
craven hearts his shadow lies and on the scofferBs heart and li"s and
on mine 3t lies u"on their eager faces who offered him a coin of the
tribute To 2aesar what is 2aesarBs, to God what is GodBs & long
look from dark eyes, a riddling sentence to be woven and woven on the
churchBs looms &y
?1iddle me, riddle me, randy ro
=y father gave me seeds to sow?
Talbot slid his closed book into his satchel
##:ave 3 heard allC 4te"hen asked
##!es, sir :ockey at ten, sir
##:alf day, sir Thursday
##Dho can answer a riddleC 4te"hen asked
They bundled their books away, "encils clacking, "ages rustling
2rowding together they stra""ed and buckled their satchels, all gabbling
##& riddle, sirC &sk me, sir
##5, ask me, sir
##& hard one, sir
##This is the riddle, 4te"hen said%
?The cock crew,
The sky was blue%
The bells in heaven
Dere striking eleven
BTis time for this "oor soul
To go to heaven?
Dhat is thatC
##Dhat, sirC
##&gain, sir De didnBt hear
Their eyes grew bigger as the lines were re"eated &fter a silence
2ochrane said%
##Dhat is it, sirC De give it u"
4te"hen, his throat itching, answered%
##The foE burying his grandmother under a hollybush
:e stood u" and gave a shout of nervous laughter to which their cries
echoed dismay
& stick struck the door and a voice in the corridor called%
They broke asunder, sidling out of their benches, lea"ing them Guickly
they were gone and from the lumberroom came the rattle of sticks and
clamour of their boots and tongues
4argent who alone had lingered came forward slowly, showing an o"en
co"ybook :is thick hair and scraggy neck gave witness of unreadiness
and through his misty glasses weak eyes looked u" "leading 5n his
cheek, dull and bloodless, a soft stain of ink lay, datesha"ed, recent
and dam" as a snailBs bed
:e held out his co"ybook The word ?4ums? was written on the headline
Beneath were slo"ing figures and at the foot a crooked signature with
blind loo"s and a blot 2yril 4argent% his name and seal
##=r 'easy told me to write them out all again, he said, and show them
to you, sir
4te"hen touched the edges of the book 9utility
##'o you understand how to do them nowC he asked
##;umbers eleven to fifteen, 4argent answered =r 'easy said 3 was to
co"y them off the board, sir
##2an you do them yourselfC 4te"hen asked
##;o, sir
Ugly and futile% lean neck and thick hair and a stain of ink, a snailBs
bed !et someone had loved him, borne him in her arms and in her heart
But for her the race of the world would have tram"led him underfoot,
a sAuashed boneless snail 4he had loved his weak watery blood drained
from her own Das that then realC The only true thing in lifeC :is
motherBs "rostrate body the fiery 2olumbanus in holy >eal bestrode
4he was no more% the trembling skeleton of a twig burnt in the fire,
an odour of rosewood and wetted ashes 4he had saved him from being
tram"led underfoot and had gone, scarcely having been & "oor soul
gone to heaven% and on a heath beneath winking stars a foE, red reek
of ra"ine in his fur, with merciless bright eyes scra"ed in the earth,
listened, scra"ed u" the earth, listened, scra"ed and scra"ed
4itting at his side 4te"hen solved out the "roblem :e "roves by algebra
that 4hakes"eareBs ghost is :amletBs grandfather 4argent "eered askance
through his slanted glasses :ockeysticks rattled in the lumberroom% the
hollow knock of a ball and calls from the field
&cross the "age the symbols moved in grave morrice, in the mummery of
their letters, wearing Auaint ca"s of sAuares and cubes Give hands,
traverse, bow to "artner% so% im"s of fancy of the =oors Gone too from
the world, &verroes and =oses =aimonides, dark men in mien and movement,
flashing in their mocking mirrors the obscure soul of the world, a
darkness shining in brightness which brightness could not com"rehend
##'o you understand nowC 2an you work the second for yourselfC
##!es, sir
3n long shaky strokes 4argent co"ied the data Daiting always for a word
of hel" his hand moved faithfully the unsteady symbols, a faint hue of
shame flickering behind his dull skin ?&mor matris%? subjective and
objective genitive Dith her weak blood and wheysour milk she had fed
him and hid from sight of others his swaddling bands
$ike him was 3, these slo"ing shoulders, this gracelessness =y
childhood bends beside me Too far for me to lay a hand there once or
lightly =ine is far and his secret as our eyes 4ecrets, silent, stony
sit in the dark "alaces of both our hearts% secrets weary of their
tyranny% tyrants, willing to be dethroned
The sum was done
##3t is very sim"le, 4te"hen said as he stood u"
##!es, sir Thanks, 4argent answered
:e dried the "age with a sheet of thin blotting"a"er and carried his
co"ybook back to his bench
##!ou had better get your stick and go out to the others, 4te"hen said
as he followed towards the door the boyBs graceless form
##!es, sir
3n the corridor his name was heard, called from the "layfield
##1un on, 4te"hen said =r 'easy is calling you
:e stood in the "orch and watched the laggard hurry towards the scra""y
field where shar" voices were in strife They were sorted in teams and
=r 'easy came away ste""ing over wis"s of grass with gaitered feet Dhen
he had reached the schoolhouse voices again contending called to him :e
turned his angry white moustache
##Dhat is it nowC he cried continually without listening
##2ochrane and :alliday are on the same side, sir, 4te"hen said
##Dill you wait in my study for a moment, =r 'easy said, till 3 restore
order here
&nd as he ste""ed fussily back across the field his old manBs voice
cried sternly%
##Dhat is the matterC Dhat is it nowC
Their shar" voices cried about him on all sides% their many forms closed
round him, the garish sunshine bleaching the honey of his illdyed head
4tale smoky air hung in the study with the smell of drab abraded leather
of its chairs &s on the first day he bargained with me here &s it was
in the beginning, is now 5n the sideboard the tray of 4tuart coins,
base treasure of a bog% and ever shall be &nd snug in their s"ooncase
of "ur"le "lush, faded, the twelve a"ostles having "reached to all the
gentiles% world without end
& hasty ste" over the stone "orch and in the corridor Blowing out his
rare moustache =r 'easy halted at the table
##9irst, our little financial settlement, he said
:e brought out of his coat a "ocketbook bound by a leather thong 3t
sla""ed o"en and he took from it two notes, one of joined halves, and
laid them carefully on the table
##Two, he said, stra""ing and stowing his "ocketbook away
&nd now his strongroom for the gold 4te"henBs embarrassed hand moved
over the shells hea"ed in the cold stone mortar% whelks and money
cowries and leo"ard shells% and this, whorled as an emirBs turban, and
this, the scallo" of saint James &n old "ilgrimBs hoard, dead treasure,
hollow shells
& sovereign fell, bright and new, on the soft "ile of the tablecloth
##Three, =r 'easy said, turning his little savingsboE about in his hand
These are handy things to have 4ee This is for sovereigns This is for
shillings 4iE"ences, halfcrowns &nd here crowns 4ee
:e shot from it two crowns and two shillings
##Three twelve, he said 3 think youBll find thatBs right
##Thank you, sir, 4te"hen said, gathering the money together with shy
haste and "utting it all in a "ocket of his trousers
##;o thanks at all, =r 'easy said !ou have earned it
4te"henBs hand, free again, went back to the hollow shells 4ymbols too
of beauty and of "ower & lum" in my "ocket% symbols soiled by greed and
##'onBt carry it like that, =r 'easy said !ouBll "ull it out somewhere
and lose it !ou just buy one of these machines !ouBll find them very
&nswer something
##=ine would be often em"ty, 4te"hen said
The same room and hour, the same wisdom% and 3 the same Three times
now Three nooses round me here DellC 3 can break them in this instant
if 3 will
##Because you donBt save, =r 'easy said, "ointing his finger !ou donBt
know yet what money is =oney is "ower Dhen you have lived as long as 3
have 3 know, 3 know 3f youth but knew But what does 4hakes"eare sayC
?Put but money in thy "urse?
##3ago, 4te"hen murmured
:e lifted his ga>e from the idle shells to the old manBs stare
##:e knew what money was, =r 'easy said :e made money & "oet, yes, but
an Englishman too 'o you know what is the "ride of the EnglishC 'o you
know what is the "roudest word you will ever hear from an EnglishmanBs
The seasB ruler :is seacold eyes looked on the em"ty bay% it seems
history is to blame% on me and on my words, unhating
##That on his em"ire, 4te"hen said, the sun never sets
##Ba@ =r 'easy cried ThatBs not English & 9rench 2elt said that :e
ta""ed his savingsboE against his thumbnail
##3 will tell you, he said solemnly, what is his "roudest boast ?3 "aid
my way?
Good man, good man
?##3 "aid my way 3 never borrowed a shilling in my life? 2an you feel
thatC ?3 owe nothing? 2an youC
=ulligan, nine "ounds, three "airs of socks, one "air brogues, ties
2urran, ten guineas =c2ann, one guinea 9red 1yan, two shillings
Tem"le, two lunches 1ussell, one guinea, 2ousins, ten shillings, Bob
1eynolds, half a guinea, <oehler, three guineas, =rs =ac<ernan, five
weeksB board The lum" 3 have is useless
##9or the moment, no, 4te"hen answered
=r 'easy laughed with rich delight, "utting back his savingsboE
##3 knew you couldnBt, he said joyously But one day you must feel it
De are a generous "eo"le but we must also be just
##3 fear those big words, 4te"hen said, which make us so unha""y
=r 'easy stared sternly for some moments over the mantel"iece at the
sha"ely bulk of a man in tartan filibegs% &lbert Edward, "rince of
##!ou think me an old fogey and an old tory, his thoughtful voice said
3 saw three generations since 5B2onnellBs time 3 remember the famine in
B.J 'o you know that the orange lodges agitated for re"eal of the
union twenty years before 5B2onnell did or before the "relates of your
communion denounced him as a demagogueC !ou fenians forget some things
Glorious, "ious and immortal memory The lodge of 'iamond in &rmagh the
s"lendid behung with cor"ses of "a"ishes :oarse, masked and armed, the
"lantersB covenant The black north and true blue bible 2ro""ies lie
4te"hen sketched a brief gesture
##3 have rebel blood in me too, =r 'easy said 5n the s"indle side But
3 am descended from sir John Blackwood who voted for the union De are
all 3rish, all kingsB sons
##&las, 4te"hen said
##?Per vias rectas?, =r 'easy said firmly, was his motto :e voted for
it and "ut on his to"boots to ride to 'ublin from the &rds of 'own to do
?$al the ral the ra
The rocky road to 'ublin?
& gruff sAuire on horseback with shiny to"boots 4oft day, sir John@
4oft day, your honour@ 'ay@ 'ay@ Two to"boots jog dangling
on to 'ublin $al the ral the ra $al the ral the raddy
##That reminds me, =r 'easy said !ou can do me a favour, =r 'edalus,
with some of your literary friends 3 have a letter here for the "ress
4it down a moment 3 have just to co"y the end
:e went to the desk near the window, "ulled in his chair twice and read
off some words from the sheet on the drum of his ty"ewriter
##4it down EEcuse me, he said over his shoulder, ?the dictates of
common sense? Just a moment
:e "eered from under his shaggy brows at the manuscri"t by his elbow
and, muttering, began to "rod the stiff buttons of the keyboard slowly,
sometimes blowing as he screwed u" the drum to erase an error
4te"hen seated himself noiselessly before the "rincely "resence 9ramed
around the walls images of vanished horses stood in homage, their meek
heads "oised in air% lord :astingsB 1e"ulse, the duke of DestminsterBs
4hotover, the duke of BeaufortBs 2eylon, ?"riE de Paris?, (+JJ Elfin
riders sat them, watchful of a sign :e saw their s"eeds, backing kingBs
colours, and shouted with the shouts of vanished crowds
##9ull sto", =r 'easy bade his keys But "rom"t ventilation of this
allim"ortant Auestion
Dhere 2ranly led me to get rich Auick, hunting his winners among the
muds"lashed brakes, amid the bawls of bookies on their "itches and reek
of the canteen, over the motley slush 9air 1ebel@ 9air 1ebel@ Even
money the favourite% ten to one the field 'icers and thimbleriggers
we hurried by after the hoofs, the vying ca"s and jackets and "ast
the meatfaced woman, a butcherBs dame, nu>>ling thirstily her clove of
4houts rang shrill from the boysB "layfield and a whirring whistle
&gain% a goal 3 am among them, among their battling bodies in a medley,
the joust of life !ou mean that knockkneed motherBs darling who seems
to be slightly crawsickC Jousts Time shocked rebounds, shock by shock
Jousts, slush and u"roar of battles, the fro>en deaths"ew of the slain,
a shout of s"ears"ikes baited with menBs bloodied guts
##;ow then, =r 'easy said, rising
:e came to the table, "inning together his sheets 4te"hen stood u"
##3 have "ut the matter into a nutshell, =r 'easy said 3tBs about
the foot and mouth disease Just look through it There can be no two
o"inions on the matter
=ay 3 tres"ass on your valuable s"ace That doctrine of ?laisse> faire?
which so often in our history 5ur cattle trade The way of all our old
industries $iver"ool ring which jockeyed the Galway harbour scheme
Euro"ean conflagration Grain su""lies through the narrow waters of
the channel The "luter"erfect im"erturbability of the de"artment of
agriculture Pardoned a classical allusion 2assandra By a woman who
was no better than she should be To come to the "oint at issue
##3 donBt mince words, do 3C =r 'easy asked as 4te"hen read on
9oot and mouth disease <nown as <ochBs "re"aration 4erum and virus
Percentage of salted horses 1inder"est Em"erorBs horses at =ur>steg,
lower &ustria Heterinary surgeons =r :enry Blackwood Price 2ourteous
offer a fair trial 'ictates of common sense &llim"ortant Auestion 3n
every sense of the word take the bull by the horns Thanking you for the
hos"itality of your columns
##3 want that to be "rinted and read, =r 'easy said !ou will see at the
neEt outbreak they will "ut an embargo on 3rish cattle &nd it can
be cured 3t is cured =y cousin, Blackwood Price, writes to me it is
regularly treated and cured in &ustria by cattledoctors there They
offer to come over here 3 am trying to work u" influence with
the de"artment ;ow 3Bm going to try "ublicity 3 am surrounded by
difficulties, by intrigues by backstairs influence by
:e raised his forefinger and beat the air oldly before his voice s"oke
##=ark my words, =r 'edalus, he said England is in the hands of the
jews 3n all the highest "laces% her finance, her "ress &nd they are
the signs of a nationBs decay Dherever they gather they eat u" the
nationBs vital strength 3 have seen it coming these years &s sure
as we are standing here the jew merchants are already at their work of
destruction 5ld England is dying
:e ste""ed swiftly off, his eyes coming to blue life as they "assed a
broad sunbeam :e faced about and back again
##'ying, he said again, if not dead by now
?The harlotBs cry from street to street
4hall weave old EnglandBs windingsheet?
:is eyes o"en wide in vision stared sternly across the sunbeam in which
he halted
##& merchant, 4te"hen said, is one who buys chea" and sells dear, jew or
gentile, is he notC
##They sinned against the light, =r 'easy said gravely &nd you can see
the darkness in their eyes &nd that is why they are wanderers on the
earth to this day
5n the ste"s of the Paris stock eEchange the goldskinned men Auoting
"rices on their gemmed fingers Gabble of geese They swarmed loud,
uncouth about the tem"le, their heads thick"lotting under maladroit silk
hats ;ot theirs% these clothes, this s"eech, these gestures Their full
slow eyes belied the words, the gestures eager and unoffending, but
knew the rancours massed about them and knew their >eal was vain Hain
"atience to hea" and hoard Time surely would scatter all & hoard
hea"ed by the roadside% "lundered and "assing on Their eyes knew their
years of wandering and, "atient, knew the dishonours of their flesh
##Dho has notC 4te"hen said
##Dhat do you meanC =r 'easy asked
:e came forward a "ace and stood by the table :is underjaw fell
sideways o"en uncertainly 3s this old wisdomC :e waits to hear from me
##:istory, 4te"hen said, is a nightmare from which 3 am trying to awake
9rom the "layfield the boys raised a shout & whirring whistle% goal
Dhat if that nightmare gave you a back kickC
##The ways of the 2reator are not our ways, =r 'easy said &ll human
history moves towards one great goal, the manifestation of God
4te"hen jerked his thumb towards the window, saying%
##That is God
:ooray@ &y@ Dhrrwhee@
##DhatC =r 'easy asked
##& shout in the street, 4te"hen answered, shrugging his shoulders
=r 'easy looked down and held for awhile the wings of his nose tweaked
between his fingers $ooking u" again he set them free
##3 am ha""ier than you are, he said De have committed many errors and
many sins & woman brought sin into the world 9or a woman who was no
better than she should be, :elen, the runaway wife of =enelaus, ten
years the Greeks made war on Troy & faithless wife first brought the
strangers to our shore here, =ac=urroughBs wife and her leman, 5B1ourke,
"rince of Breffni & woman too brought Parnell low =any errors, many
failures but not the one sin 3 am a struggler now at the end of my
days But 3 will fight for the right till the end
?9or Ulster will fight
&nd Ulster will be right?
4te"hen raised the sheets in his hand
##Dell, sir, he began
##3 foresee, =r 'easy said, that you will not remain here very long
at this work !ou were not born to be a teacher, 3 think Perha"s 3 am
##& learner rather, 4te"hen said
&nd here what will you learn moreC
=r 'easy shook his head
##Dho knowsC he said To learn one must be humble But life is the great
4te"hen rustled the sheets again
##&s regards these, he began
##!es, =r 'easy said !ou have two co"ies there 3f you can have them
"ublished at once
? Telegra"h 3rish :omestead?
##3 will try, 4te"hen said, and let you know tomorrow 3 know two
editors slightly
##That will do, =r 'easy said briskly 3 wrote last night to =r 9ield,
=P There is a meeting of the cattletradersB association today at the
2ity &rms hotel 3 asked him to lay my letter before the meeting !ou
see if you can get it into your two "a"ers Dhat are theyC
?##The Evening Telegra"h?
##That will do, =r 'easy said There is no time to lose ;ow 3 have to
answer that letter from my cousin
##Good morning, sir, 4te"hen said, "utting the sheets in his "ocket
Thank you
##;ot at all, =r 'easy said as he searched the "a"ers on his desk 3
like to break a lance with you, old as 3 am
##Good morning, sir, 4te"hen said again, bowing to his bent back
:e went out by the o"en "orch and down the gravel "ath under the trees,
hearing the cries of voices and crack of sticks from the "layfield
The lions couchant on the "illars as he "assed out through the gate%
toothless terrors 4till 3 will hel" him in his fight =ulligan will dub
me a new name% the bullockbefriending bard
##=r 'edalus@
1unning after me ;o more letters, 3 ho"e
##Just one moment
##!es, sir, 4te"hen said, turning back at the gate
=r 'easy halted, breathing hard and swallowing his breath
##3 just wanted to say, he said 3reland, they say, has the honour of
being the only country which never "ersecuted the jews 'o you know
thatC ;o &nd do you know whyC
:e frowned sternly on the bright air
##Dhy, sirC 4te"hen asked, beginning to smile
##Because she never let them in, =r 'easy said solemnly
& coughball of laughter lea"ed from his throat dragging after it a
rattling chain of "hlegm :e turned back Auickly, coughing, laughing,
his lifted arms waving to the air
##4he never let them in, he cried again through his laughter as he
stam"ed on gaitered feet over the gravel of the "ath ThatBs why
5n his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung
s"angles, dancing coins
3neluctable modality of the visible% at least that if no more, thought
through my eyes 4ignatures of all things 3 am here to read, seas"awn
and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot 4notgreen, bluesilver,
rust% coloured signs $imits of the dia"hane But he adds% in bodies
Then he was aware of them bodies before of them coloured :owC By
knocking his sconce against them, sure Go easy Bald he was and a
millionaire, ?maestro di color che sanno? $imit of the dia"hane in Dhy
inC 'ia"hane, adia"hane 3f you can "ut your five fingers through it it
is a gate, if not a door 4hut your eyes and see
4te"hen closed his eyes to hear his boots crush crackling wrack and
shells !ou are walking through it howsomever 3 am, a stride at a time
& very short s"ace of time through very short times of s"ace 9ive, siE%
the ?nacheinander? EEactly% and that is the ineluctable modality of the
audible 5"en your eyes ;o Jesus@ 3f 3 fell over a cliff that beetles
oBer his base, fell through the ?nebeneinander? ineluctably@ 3 am
getting on nicely in the dark =y ash sword hangs at my side Ta" with
it% they do =y two feet in his boots are at the ends of his legs,
?nebeneinander? 4ounds solid% made by the mallet of ?$os 'emiurgos?
&m 3 walking into eternity along 4andymount strandC 2rush, crack, crick,
crick Dild sea money 'ominie 'easy kens them aB DonBt you come to
4andymount, =adeline the mareC
1hythm begins, you see 3 hear &catalectic tetrameter of iambs
marching ;o, agallo"% ?deline the mare?
5"en your eyes now 3 will 5ne moment :as all vanished sinceC 3f 3
o"en and am for ever in the black adia"hane ?Basta?@ 3 will see if 3
can see
4ee now There all the time without you% and ever shall be, world
without end
They came down the ste"s from $eahyBs terrace "rudently, ?9rauen>immer?%
and down the shelving shore flabbily, their s"layed feet sinking in
the silted sand $ike me, like &lgy, coming down to our mighty mother
;umber one swung lourdily her midwifeBs bag, the otherBs gam" "oked in
the beach 9rom the liberties, out for the day =rs 9lorence =ac2abe,
relict of the late Patk =ac2abe, dee"ly lamented, of Bride 4treet 5ne
of her sisterhood lugged me sAuealing into life 2reation from nothing
Dhat has she in the bagC & misbirth with a trailing navelcord, hushed
in ruddy wool The cords of all link back, strandentwining cable of
all flesh That is why mystic monks Dill you be as godsC Ga>e in your
om"halos :ello@ <inch here Put me on to Edenville &le"h, al"ha%
nought, nought, one
4"ouse and hel"mate of &dam <admon% :eva, naked Eve 4he had no navel
Ga>e Belly without blemish, bulging big, a buckler of taut vellum,
no, whitehea"ed corn, orient and immortal, standing from everlasting to
everlasting Domb of sin
Dombed in sin darkness 3 was too, made not begotten By them, the man
with my voice and my eyes and a ghostwoman with ashes on her breath
They clas"ed and sundered, did the cou"lerBs will 9rom before the ages
:e willed me and now may not will me away or ever & ?leE eterna? stays
about :im 3s that then the divine substance wherein 9ather and 4on are
consubstantialC Dhere is "oor dear &rius to try conclusionsC Darring
his life long u"on the contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality 3llstarred
heresiarchB 3n a Greek watercloset he breathed his last% euthanasia
Dith beaded mitre and with cro>ier, stalled u"on his throne, widower of
a widowed see, with u"stiffed omo"horion, with clotted hinder"arts
&irs rom"ed round him, ni""ing and eager airs They are coming, waves
The whitemaned seahorses, cham"ing, brightwindbridled, the steeds of
3 mustnBt forget his letter for the "ress &nd afterC The 4hi", half
twelve By the way go easy with that money like a good young imbecile
!es, 3 must
:is "ace slackened :ere &m 3 going to aunt 4araBs or notC =y
consubstantial fatherBs voice 'id you see anything of your artist
brother 4te"hen latelyC ;oC 4ure heBs not down in 4trasburg terrace with
his aunt 4allyC 2ouldnBt he fly a bit higher than that, ehC &nd and and
and tell us, 4te"hen, how is uncle 4iC 5, wee"ing God, the things 3
married into@ 'e boys u" in de hayloft The drunken little costdrawer
and his brother, the cornet "layer :ighly res"ectable gondoliers@ &nd
skeweyed Dalter sirring his father, no less@ 4ir !es, sir ;o, sir
Jesus we"t% and no wonder, by 2hrist@
3 "ull the whee>y bell of their shuttered cottage% and wait They take
me for a dun, "eer out from a coign of vantage
##3tBs 4te"hen, sir
##$et him in $et 4te"hen in
& bolt drawn back and Dalter welcomes me
##De thought you were someone else
3n his broad bed nuncle 1ichie, "illowed and blanketed, eEtends over the
hillock of his knees a sturdy forearm 2leanchested :e has washed the
u""er moiety
##=orrow, ne"hew
:e lays aside the la"board whereon he drafts his bills of costs for
the eyes of master Goff and master 4ha"land Tandy, filing consents and
common searches and a writ of ?'uces Tecum? & bogoak frame over his
bald head% DildeBs ?1eAuiescat? The drone of his misleading whistle
brings Dalter back
##!es, sirC
##=alt for 1ichie and 4te"hen, tell mother Dhere is sheC
##Bathing 2rissie, sir
Pa"aBs little bed"al $um" of love
##;o, uncle 1ichie
##2all me 1ichie 'amn your lithia water 3t lowers Dhusky@
##Uncle 1ichie, really
##4it down or by the law :arry 3Bll knock you down
Dalter sAuints vainly for a chair
##:e has nothing to sit down on, sir
##:e has nowhere to "ut it, you mug Bring in our chi""endale chair
Dould you like a bite of somethingC ;one of your damned lawdeedaw airs
here The rich of a rasher fried with a herringC 4ureC 4o much the
better De have nothing in the house but backache "ills
:e drones bars of 9errandoBs ?aria di sortita? The grandest number,
4te"hen, in the whole o"era $isten
:is tuneful whistle sounds again, finely shaded, with rushes of the air,
his fists bigdrumming on his "added knees
This wind is sweeter
:ouses of decay, mine, his and all !ou told the 2longowes gentry you
had an uncle a judge and an uncle a general in the army 2ome out of
them, 4te"hen Beauty is not there ;or in the stagnant bay of =arshBs
library where you read the fading "ro"hecies of Joachim &bbas 9or whomC
The hundredheaded rabble of the cathedral close & hater of his kind
ran from them to the wood of madness, his mane foaming in the moon,
his eyeballs stars :ouyhnhnm, horsenostrilled The oval eAuine
faces, Tem"le, Buck =ulligan, 9oEy 2am"bell, $anternjaws &bbas
father,##furious dean, what offence laid fire to their brainsC Paff@
?'escende, calve, ut ne am"lius decalveris? & garland of grey hair
on his comminated head see him me clambering down to the foot"ace
K?descende?@L, clutching a monstrance, basiliskeyed Get down, bald"oll@
& choir gives back menace and echo, assisting about the altarBs horns,
the snorted $atin of jack"riests moving burly in their albs, tonsured
and oiled and gelded, fat with the fat of kidneys of wheat
&nd at the same instant "erha"s a "riest round the corner is elevating
it 'ringdring@ &nd two streets off another locking it into a "yE
'ringadring@ &nd in a ladycha"el another taking housel all to his own
cheek 'ringdring@ 'own, u", forward, back 'an 5ccam thought of that,
invincible doctor & misty English morning the im" hy"ostasis tickled
his brain Bringing his host down and kneeling he heard twine with his
second bell the first bell in the transe"t Khe is lifting hisL and,
rising, heard Know 3 am liftingL their two bells Khe is kneelingL twang
in di"hthong
2ousin 4te"hen, you will never be a saint 3sle of saints !ou were
awfully holy, werenBt youC !ou "rayed to the Blessed Hirgin that you
might not have a red nose !ou "rayed to the devil in 4er"entine avenue
that the fubsy widow in front might lift her clothes still more from the
wet street ?5 si, certo?@ 4ell your soul for that, do, dyed rags "inned
round a sAuaw =ore tell me, more still@@ 5n the to" of the :owth tram
alone crying to the rain% ;aked women@ ?naked women?@ Dhat about that,
Dhat about whatC Dhat else were they invented forC
1eading two "ages a"iece of seven books every night, ehC 3 was young
!ou bowed to yourself in the mirror, ste""ing forward to a""lause
earnestly, striking face :urray for the Goddamned idiot@ :ray@ ;o#one
saw% tell no#one Books you were going to write with letters for titles
:ave you read his 9C 5 yes, but 3 "refer G !es, but D is wonderful 5
yes, D 1emember your e"i"hanies written on green oval leaves, dee"ly
dee", co"ies to be sent if you died to all the great libraries of the
world, including &leEandriaC 4omeone was to read them there after a few
thousand years, a mahamanvantara Pico della =irandola like &y, very
like a whale Dhen one reads these strange "ages of one long gone one
feels that one is at one with one who once
The grainy sand had gone from under his feet :is boots trod again
a dam" crackling mast, ra>orshells, sAueaking "ebbles, that on the
unnumbered "ebbles beats, wood sieved by the shi"worm, lost &rmada
Unwholesome sandflats waited to suck his treading soles, breathing
u"ward sewage breath, a "ocket of seaweed smouldered in seafire under a
midden of manBs ashes :e coasted them, walking warily & "orterbottle
stood u", stogged to its waist, in the cakey sand dough & sentinel%
isle of dreadful thirst Broken hoo"s on the shoreM at the land a ma>e
of dark cunning netsM farther away chalkscrawled backdoors and on the
higher beach a dryingline with two crucified shirts 1ingsend% wigwams
of brown steersmen and master mariners :uman shells
:e halted 3 have "assed the way to aunt 4araBs &m 3 not going thereC
4eems not ;o#one about :e turned northeast and crossed the firmer sand
towards the Pigeonhouse
?##Gui vous a mis dans cette fichue "ositionC?
?##cBest le "igeon, Jose"h?
Patrice, home on furlough, la""ed warm milk with me in the bar =ac=ahon
4on of the wild goose, <evin Egan of Paris =y fatherBs a bird, he
la""ed the sweet ?lait chaud? with "ink young tongue, "lum" bunnyBs
face $a", ?la"in? :e ho"es to win in the ?gros lots? &bout the nature
of women he read in =ichelet But he must send me ?$a Hie de Jesus? by
= $eo TaEil $ent it to his friend
?##2Best tordant, vous save> =oi, je suis socialiste Je ne crois "as
en lBeEistence de 'ieu 9aut "as le dire a mon "#re?
?##3l croitC?
?##=on "ere, oui?
?4chluss? :e la"s
=y $atin Auarter hat God, we sim"ly must dress the character 3 want
"uce gloves !ou were a student, werenBt youC 5f what in the other
devilBs nameC Paysayenn P 2 ;, you know% ?"hysiAues, chimiAues et
naturelles? &ha Eating your groatsworth of ?mou en civet?, flesh"ots
of Egy"t, elbowed by belching cabmen Just say in the most natural
tone% when 3 was in ParisM ?boulB =ichB?, 3 used to !es, used to
carry "unched tickets to "rove an alibi if they arrested you for murder
somewhere Justice 5n the night of the seventeenth of 9ebruary (7*. the
"risoner was seen by two witnesses 5ther fellow did it% other me
:at, tie, overcoat, nose ?$ui, cBest moi? !ou seem to have enjoyed
Proudly walking Dhom were you trying to walk likeC 9orget% a
dis"ossessed Dith motherBs money order, eight shillings, the banging
door of the "ost office slammed in your face by the usher :unger
toothache ?Encore deuE minutes? $ook clock =ust get ?9erme? :ired
dog@ 4hoot him to bloody bits with a bang shotgun, bits man s"attered
walls all brass buttons Bits all khrrrrklak in "lace clack back ;ot
hurtC 5, thatBs all right 4hake hands 4ee what 3 meant, seeC 5, thatBs
all right 4hake a shake 5, thatBs all only all right
!ou were going to do wonders, whatC =issionary to Euro"e after fiery
2olumbanus 9iacre and 4cotus on their cree"ystools in heaven s"ilt from
their "int"ots, loudlatinlaughing% ?Euge@ Euge?@ Pretending to s"eak
broken English as you dragged your valise, "orter three"ence, across
the slimy "ier at ;ewhaven ?2ommentC? 1ich booty you brought backM ?$e
Tutu?, five tattered numbers of ?Pantalon Blanc et 2ulotte 1ouge?M a
blue 9rench telegram, curiosity to show%
##=other dying come home father
The aunt thinks you killed your mother ThatBs why she wonBt
?Then hereBs a health to =ulliganBs aunt
&nd 3Bll tell you the reason why
4he always ke"t things decent in
The :annigan famileye?
:is feet marched in sudden "roud rhythm over the sand furrows, along by
the boulders of the south wall :e stared at them "roudly, "iled stone
mammoth skulls Gold light on sea, on sand, on boulders The sun is
there, the slender trees, the lemon houses
Paris rawly waking, crude sunlight on her lemon streets =oist "ith of
farls of bread, the froggreen wormwood, her matin incense, court
the air Belluomo rises from the bed of his wifeBs loverBs wife, the
kerchiefed housewife is astir, a saucer of acetic acid in her hand 3n
1odotBs !vonne and =adeleine newmake their tumbled beauties, shattering
with gold teeth ?chaussons? of "astry, their mouths yellowed with the
?"us? of ?flan breton? 9aces of Paris men go by, their well"leased
"leasers, curled conAuistadores
;oon slumbers <evin Egan rolls gun"owder cigarettes through fingers
smeared with "rinterBs ink, si""ing his green fairy as Patrice his
white &bout us gobblers fork s"iced beans down their gullets ?Un demi
setier@? & jet of coffee steam from the burnished caldron 4he serves me
at his beck ?3l est irlandais :ollandaisC ;on fromage 'euE irlandais,
nous, 3rlande, vous save> ah, oui@? 4he thought you wanted a cheese
?hollandais? !our "ost"randial, do you know that wordC Post"randial
There was a fellow 3 knew once in Barcelona, Aueer fellow, used to call
it his "ost"randial Dell% ?slainte?@ &round the slabbed tables the
tangle of wined breaths and grumbling gorges :is breath hangs over our
saucestained "lates, the green fairyBs fang thrusting between his li"s
5f 3reland, the 'alcassians, of ho"es, cons"iracies, of &rthur Griffith
now, & E, "imander, good she"herd of men To yoke me as his yokefellow,
our crimes our common cause !ouBre your fatherBs son 3 know the voice
:is fustian shirt, sanguineflowered, trembles its 4"anish tassels at
his secrets = 'rumont, famous journalist, 'rumont, know what he called
Aueen HictoriaC 5ld hag with the yellow teeth ?Hieille ogresse?
with the ?dents jaunes? =aud Gonne, beautiful woman, ?$a Patrie?, =
=illevoye, 9eliE 9aure, know how he diedC $icentious men The froeken,
?bonne a tout faire?, who rubs male nakedness in the bath at U"sala
?=oi faire?, she said, ?Tous les messieurs? ;ot this ?=onsieur?, 3
said =ost licentious custom Bath a most "rivate thing 3 wouldnBt let
my brother, not even my own brother, most lascivious thing Green eyes,
3 see you 9ang, 3 feel $ascivious "eo"le
The blue fuse burns deadly between hands and burns clear $oose
tobaccoshreds catch fire% a flame and acrid smoke light our corner 1aw
facebones under his "ee" of day boyBs hat :ow the head centre got away,
authentic version Got u" as a young bride, man, veil, orangeblossoms,
drove out the road to =alahide 'id, faith 5f lost leaders, the
betrayed, wild esca"es 'isguises, clutched at, gone, not here
4"urned lover 3 was a stra""ing young gossoon at that time, 3 tell you
3Bll show you my likeness one day 3 was, faith $over, for her love he
"rowled with colonel 1ichard Burke, tanist of his se"t, under the walls
of 2lerkenwell and, crouching, saw a flame of vengeance hurl them u"ward
in the fog 4hattered glass and to""ling masonry 3n gay Paree he hides,
Egan of Paris, unsought by any save by me =aking his dayBs stations,
the dingy "rintingcase, his three taverns, the =ontmartre lair he slee"s
short night in, rue de la Goutte#dB5r, damascened with flyblown faces of
the gone $oveless, landless, wifeless 4he is Auite nicey comfy
without her outcast man, madame in rue Git#le#2oeur, canary and two
buck lodgers Peachy cheeks, a >ebra skirt, frisky as a young thingBs
4"urned and undes"airing Tell Pat you saw me, wonBt youC 3 wanted to
get "oor Pat a job one time ?=on fils?, soldier of 9rance 3 taught him
to sing ?The boys of <ilkenny are stout roaring blades? <now that old
layC 3 taught Patrice that 5ld <ilkenny% saint 2anice, 4trongbowBs
castle on the ;ore Goes like this 5, 5 :e takes me, ;a""er Tandy, by
the hand
?5, 5 T:E B5!4 59
Deak wasting hand on mine They have forgotten <evin Egan, not he them
1emembering thee, 5 4ion
:e had come nearer the edge of the sea and wet sand sla""ed his boots
The new air greeted him, har"ing in wild nerves, wind of wild air of
seeds of brightness :ere, 3 am not walking out to the <ish lightshi",
am 3C :e stood suddenly, his feet beginning to sink slowly in the
Auaking soil Turn back
Turning, he scanned the shore south, his feet sinking again slowly
in new sockets The cold domed room of the tower waits Through the
barbacans the shafts of light are moving ever, slowly ever as my
feet are sinking, cree"ing duskward over the dial floor Blue dusk,
nightfall, dee" blue night 3n the darkness of the dome they wait,
their "ushedback chairs, my obelisk valise, around a board of abandoned
"latters Dho to clear itC :e has the key 3 will not slee" there when
this night comes & shut door of a silent tower, entombing their##blind
bodies, the "anthersahib and his "ointer 2all% no answer :e lifted his
feet u" from the suck and turned back by the mole of boulders Take
all, kee" all =y soul walks with me, form of forms 4o in the moonBs
midwatches 3 "ace the "ath above the rocks, in sable silvered, hearing
ElsinoreBs tem"ting flood
The flood is following me 3 can watch it flow "ast from here Get back
then by the Poolbeg road to the strand there :e climbed over the sedge
and eely oarweeds and sat on a stool of rock, resting his ash"lant in a
& bloated carcass of a dog lay lolled on bladderwrack Before him the
gunwale of a boat, sunk in sand ?Un coche ensablN? $ouis Heuillot
called GautierBs "rose These heavy sands are language tide and wind
have silted here &nd these, the stonehea"s of dead builders, a warren
of weasel rats :ide gold there Try it !ou have some 4ands and
stones :eavy of the "ast 4ir $outBs toys =ind you donBt get one
bang on the ear 3Bm the bloody well gigant rolls all them bloody well
boulders, bones for my ste""ingstones 9eefawfum 3 >mell> de blood> od>
an 3rid>man
& "oint, live dog, grew into sight running across the swee" of sand
$ord, is he going to attack meC 1es"ect his liberty !ou will not
be master of others or their slave 3 have my stick 4it tight 9rom
farther away, walking shoreward across from the crested tide, figures,
two The two maries They have tucked it safe mong the bulrushes
Peekaboo 3 see you ;o, the dog :e is running back to them DhoC
Galleys of the $ochlanns ran here to beach, in Auest of "rey, their
bloodbeaked "rows riding low on a molten "ewter surf 'ane vikings,
torcs of tomahawks aglitter on their breasts when =alachi wore the
collar of gold & school of turlehide whales stranded in hot noon,
s"outing, hobbling in the shallows Then from the starving cagework city
a horde of jerkined dwarfs, my "eo"le, with flayersB knives, running,
scaling, hacking in green blubbery whalemeat 9amine, "lague and
slaughters Their blood is in me, their lusts my waves 3 moved among
them on the fro>en $iffey, that 3, a changeling, among the s"luttering
resin fires 3 s"oke to no#one% none to me
The dogBs bark ran towards him, sto""ed, ran back 'og of my enemy 3
just sim"ly stood "ale, silent, bayed about ?Terribilia meditans? &
"rimrose doublet, fortuneBs knave, smiled on my fear 9or that are you
"ining, the bark of their a""lauseC Pretenders% live their lives The
BruceBs brother, Thomas 9it>gerald, silken knight, Perkin Darbeck,
!orkBs false scion, in breeches of silk of whiterose ivory, wonder of
a day, and $ambert 4imnel, with a tail of nans and sutlers, a scullion
crowned &ll kingsB sons Paradise of "retenders then and now :e saved
men from drowning and you shake at a curBs yel"ing But the courtiers
who mocked Guido in 5r san =ichele were in their own house :ouse of
De donBt want any of your medieval abstrusiosities Dould you do what he
didC & boat would be near, a lifebuoy ?;atOrlich?, "ut there for you
Dould you or would you notC The man that was drowned nine days ago off
=aidenBs rock They are waiting for him now The truth, s"it it out 3
would want to 3 would try 3 am not a strong swimmer Dater cold soft
Dhen 3 "ut my face into it in the basin at 2longowes 2anBt see@ DhoBs
behind meC 5ut Auickly, Auickly@ 'o you see the tide flowing Auickly in
on all sides, sheeting the lows of sand Auickly, shellcocoacolouredC 3f
3 had land under my feet 3 want his life still to be his, mine to be
mine & drowning man :is human eyes scream to me out of horror of his
death 3 Dith him together down 3 could not save her Daters%
bitter death% lost
& woman and a man 3 see her skirties Pinned u", 3 bet
Their dog ambled about a bank of dwindling sand, trotting, sniffing on
all sides $ooking for something lost in a "ast life 4uddenly he made
off like a bounding hare, ears flung back, chasing the shadow of a
lowskimming gull The manBs shrieked whistle struck his lim" ears :e
turned, bounded back, came nearer, trotted on twinkling shanks 5n a
field tenney a buck, tri""ant, "ro"er, unattired &t the lacefringe of
the tide he halted with stiff forehoofs, seaward"ointed ears :is
snout lifted barked at the wavenoise, herds of seamorse They ser"ented
towards his feet, curling, unfurling many crests, every ninth, breaking,
"lashing, from far, from farther out, waves and waves
2ockle"ickers They waded a little way in the water and, stoo"ing,
soused their bags and, lifting them again, waded out The dog yel"ed
running to them, reared u" and "awed them, dro""ing on all fours, again
reared u" at them with mute bearish fawning Unheeded he ke"t by them as
they came towards the drier sand, a rag of wolfBs tongue red"anting from
his jaws :is s"eckled body ambled ahead of them and then lo"ed off at a
calfBs gallo" The carcass lay on his "ath :e sto""ed, sniffed, stalked
round it, brother, nosing closer, went round it, sniffling ra"idly like
a dog all over the dead dogBs bedraggled fell 'ogskull, dogsniff, eyes
on the ground, moves to one great goal &h, "oor dogsbody@ :ere lies
"oor dogsbodyBs body
##Tatters@ 5ut of that, you mongrel@
The cry brought him skulking back to his master and a blunt bootless
kick sent him unscathed across a s"it of sand, crouched in flight :e
slunk back in a curve 'oesnBt see me &long by the edge of the mole he
lollo"ed, dawdled, smelt a rock and from under a cocked hindleg "issed
against it :e trotted forward and, lifting again his hindleg, "issed
Auick short at an unsmelt rock The sim"le "leasures of the "oor :is
hind"aws then scattered the sand% then his fore"aws dabbled and delved
4omething he buried there, his grandmother :e rooted in the sand,
dabbling, delving and sto""ed to listen to the air, scra"ed u" the sand
again with a fury of his claws, soon ceasing, a "ard, a "anther, got in
s"ousebreach, vulturing the dead
&fter he woke me last night same dream or was itC Dait 5"en hallway
4treet of harlots 1emember :aroun al 1aschid 3 am almosting it That
man led me, s"oke 3 was not afraid The melon he had he held against my
face 4miled% creamfruit smell That was the rule, said 3n 2ome 1ed
car"et s"read !ou will see who
4houldering their bags they trudged, the red Egy"tians :is blued feet
out of turnedu" trousers sla""ed the clammy sand, a dull brick muffler
strangling his unshaven neck Dith woman ste"s she followed% the
ruffian and his strolling mort 4"oils slung at her back $oose sand and
shellgrit crusted her bare feet &bout her windraw face hair trailed
Behind her lord, his hel"mate, bing awast to 1omeville Dhen night hides
her bodyBs flaws calling under her brown shawl from an archway
where dogs have mired :er fancyman is treating two 1oyal 'ublins in
5B$oughlinBs of Black"itts Buss her, wa" in roguesB rum lingo, for, 5,
my dimber wa""ing dell@ & shefiendBs whiteness under her rancid rags
9umballyBs lane that night% the tanyard smells
?Dhite thy fambles, red thy gan
&nd thy Auarrons dainty is
2ouch a hogshead with me then
3n the darkmans cli" and kiss?
=orose delectation &Auinas tunbelly calls this, ?frate "orcos"ino?
Unfallen &dam rode and not rutted 2all away let him% ?thy Auarrons
dainty is? $anguage no whit worse than his =onkwords, marybeads jabber
on their girdles% roguewords, tough nuggets "atter in their "ockets
Passing now
& side eye at my :amlet hat 3f 3 were suddenly naked here as 3 sitC 3
am not &cross the sands of all the world, followed by the sunBs flaming
sword, to the west, trekking to evening lands 4he trudges, schle""s,
trains, drags, trascines her load & tide westering, moondrawn, in
her wake Tides, myriadislanded, within her, blood not mine, ?oino"a
"onton?, a winedark sea Behold the handmaid of the moon 3n slee"
the wet sign calls her hour, bids her rise Bridebed, childbed, bed of
death, ghostcandled ?5mnis caro ad te veniet? :e comes, "ale vam"ire,
through storm his eyes, his bat sails bloodying the sea, mouth to her
mouthBs kiss
:ere Put a "in in that cha", will youC =y tablets =outh to her kiss
;o =ust be two of em Glue em well =outh to her mouthBs kiss
:is li"s li""ed and mouthed fleshless li"s of air% mouth to her moomb
5omb, allwombing tomb :is mouth moulded issuing breath, uns"eeched%
ooeeehah% roar of cataractic "lanets, globed, bla>ing, roaring
wayawayawayawayaway Pa"er The banknotes, blast them 5ld 'easyBs
letter :ere Thanking you for the hos"itality tear the blank end off
Turning his back to the sun he bent over far to a table of rock and
scribbled words ThatBs twice 3 forgot to take sli"s from the library
:is shadow lay over the rocks as he bent, ending Dhy not endless till
the farthest starC 'arkly they are there behind this light, darkness
shining in the brightness, delta of 2assio"eia, worlds =e sits there
with his augurBs rod of ash, in borrowed sandals, by day beside a livid
sea, unbeheld, in violet night walking beneath a reign of uncouth stars
3 throw this ended shadow from me, mansha"e ineluctable, call it back
Endless, would it be mine, form of my formC Dho watches me hereC Dho
ever anywhere will read these written wordsC 4igns on a white field
4omewhere to someone in your flutiest voice The good bisho" of 2loyne
took the veil of the tem"le out of his shovel hat% veil of s"ace with
coloured emblems hatched on its field :old hard 2oloured on a flat%
yes, thatBs right 9lat 3 see, then think distance, near, far, flat
3 see, east, back &h, see now@ 9alls back suddenly, fro>en in
stereosco"e 2lick does the trick !ou find my words dark 'arkness is
in our souls do you not thinkC 9lutier 5ur souls, shamewounded by our
sins, cling to us yet more, a woman to her lover clinging, the more the
4he trusts me, her hand gentle, the longlashed eyes ;ow where the blue
hell am 3 bringing her beyond the veilC 3nto the ineluctable modality of
the ineluctable visuality 4he, she, she Dhat sheC The virgin at :odges
9iggisB window on =onday looking in for one of the al"habet books you
were going to write <een glance you gave her Drist through the
braided jesse of her sunshade 4he lives in $eeson "ark with a grief
and kickshaws, a lady of letters Talk that to someone else, 4tevie% a
"ickmeu" Bet she wears those curse of God stays sus"enders and
yellow stockings, darned with lum"y wool Talk about a""le dum"lings,
?"iuttosto? Dhere are your witsC
Touch me 4oft eyes 4oft soft soft hand 3 am lonely here 5, touch me
soon, now Dhat is that word known to all menC 3 am Auiet here alone
4ad too Touch, touch me
:e lay back at full stretch over the shar" rocks, cramming the scribbled
note and "encil into a "ock his hat :is hat down on his eyes That is
<evin EganBs movement 3 made, nodding for his na", sabbath slee" ?Et
vidit 'eus Et erant valde bona? &lo@ ?Bonjour? Delcome as the flowers
in =ay Under its leaf he watched through "eacocktwittering lashes the
southing sun 3 am caught in this burning scene PanBs hour, the faunal
noon &mong gumheavy ser"ent"lants, milkoo>ing fruits, where on the
tawny waters leaves lie wide Pain is far
?&nd no more turn aside and brood?
:is ga>e brooded on his broadtoed boots, a buckBs castoffs,
?nebeneinander? :e counted the creases of rucked leather wherein
anotherBs foot had nested warm The foot that beat the ground in
tri"udium, foot 3 dislove But you were delighted when Esther 5svaltBs
shoe went on you% girl 3 knew in Paris ?Tiens, Auel "etit "ied@?
4taunch friend, a brother soul% DildeBs love that dare not s"eak its
name :is arm% 2ranlyBs arm :e now will leave me &nd the blameC &s 3
am &s 3 am &ll or not at all
3n long lassoes from the 2ock lake the water flowed full, covering
greengoldenly lagoons of sand, rising, flowing =y ash"lant will float
away 3 shall wait ;o, they will "ass on, "assing, chafing against the
low rocks, swirling, "assing Better get this job over Auick $isten% a
fourworded waves"eech% seesoo, hrss, rsseeiss, ooos Hehement breath of
waters amid seasnakes, rearing horses, rocks 3n cu"s of rocks it slo"s%
flo", slo", sla"% bounded in barrels &nd, s"ent, its s"eech ceases 3t
flows "urling, widely flowing, floating foam"ool, flower unfurling
Under the u"swelling tide he saw the writhing weeds lift languidly and
sway reluctant arms, hising u" their "etticoats, in whis"ering water
swaying and u"turning coy silver fronds 'ay by day% night by night%
lifted, flooded and let fall $ord, they are wearyM and, whis"ered to,
they sigh 4aint &mbrose heard it, sigh of leaves and waves, waiting,
awaiting the fullness of their times, ?diebus ac noctibus iniurias
"atiens ingemiscit? To no end gatheredM vainly then released,
forthflowing, wending back% loom of the moon Deary too in sight of
lovers, lascivious men, a naked woman shining in her courts, she draws a
toil of waters
9ive fathoms out there 9ull fathom five thy father lies &t one, he
said 9ound drowned :igh water at 'ublin bar 'riving before it a loose
drift of rubble, fanshoals of fishes, silly shells & cor"se rising
saltwhite from the undertow, bobbing a "ace a "ace a "or"oise landward
There he is :ook it Auick Pull 4unk though he be beneath the watery
floor De have him Easy now
Bag of cor"segas so""ing in foul brine & Auiver of minnows, fat of a
s"ongy titbit, flash through the slits of his buttoned trouserfly
God becomes man becomes fish becomes barnacle goose becomes featherbed
mountain 'ead breaths 3 living breathe, tread dead dust, devour a
urinous offal from all dead :auled stark over the gunwale he breathes
u"ward the stench of his green grave, his le"rous nosehole snoring to
the sun
& seachange this, brown eyes saltblue 4eadeath, mildest of all deaths
known to man 5ld 9ather 5cean ?PriE de "aris?% beware of imitations
Just you give it a fair trial De enjoyed ourselves immensely
2ome 3 thirst 2louding over ;o black clouds anywhere, are thereC
Thunderstorm &llbright he falls, "roud lightning of the intellect,
?$ucifer, dico, Aui nescit occasum? ;o =y cockle hat and staff and
hismy sandal shoon DhereC To evening lands Evening will find itself
:e took the hilt of his ash"lant, lunging with it softly, dallying
still !es, evening will find itself in me, without me &ll days make
their end By the way neEt when is it Tuesday will be the longest
day 5f all the glad new year, mother, the rum tum tiddledy tum $awn
Tennyson, gentleman "oet ?GiP? 9or the old hag with the yellow teeth
&nd =onsieur 'rumont, gentleman journalist ?GiP? =y teeth are very
bad Dhy, 3 wonder 9eel That one is going too 4hells 5ught 3 go to a
dentist, 3 wonder, with that moneyC That one This Toothless <inch, the
su"erman Dhy is that, 3 wonder, or does it mean something "erha"sC
=y handkerchief :e threw it 3 remember 'id 3 not take it u"C
:is hand gro"ed vainly in his "ockets ;o, 3 didnBt Better buy one
:e laid the dry snot "icked from his nostril on a ledge of rock,
carefully 9or the rest let look who will
Behind Perha"s there is someone
:e turned his face over a shoulder, rere regardant =oving through the
air high s"ars of a threemaster, her sails brailed u" on the crosstrees,
homing, u"stream, silently moving, a silent shi" Q
## 33 ##
=r $eo"old Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls
:e liked thick giblet sou", nutty gi>>ards, a stuffed roast heart,
liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencodsB roes =ost of all
he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his "alate a fine tang of
faintly scented urine
<idneys were in his mind as he moved about the kitchen softly, righting
her breakfast things on the hum"y tray Gelid light and air were in the
kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere =ade him feel
a bit "eckish
The coals were reddening
&nother slice of bread and butter% three, four% right 4he didnBt like
her "late full 1ight :e turned from the tray, lifted the kettle off
the hob and set it sideways on the fire 3t sat there, dull and sAuat,
its s"out stuck out 2u" of tea soon Good =outh dry The cat walked
stiffly round a leg of the table with tail on high
##5, there you are, =r Bloom said, turning from the fire
The cat mewed in answer and stalked again stiffly round a leg of the
table, mewing Just how she stalks over my writingtable Prr 4cratch my
head Prr
=r Bloom watched curiously, kindly the lithe black form 2lean to see%
the gloss of her sleek hide, the white button under the butt of her
tail, the green flashing eyes :e bent down to her, his hands on his
##=ilk for the "ussens, he said
##=rkgnao@ the cat cried
They call them stu"id They understand what we say better than we
understand them 4he understands all she wants to Hindictive too
2ruel :er nature 2urious mice never sAueal 4eem to like it Donder
what 3 look like to her :eight of a towerC ;o, she can jum" me
##&fraid of the chickens she is, he said mockingly &fraid of the
chookchooks 3 never saw such a stu"id "ussens as the "ussens
2ruel :er nature 2urious mice never sAueal 4eem to like it
##=rkrgnao@ the cat said loudly
4he blinked u" out of her avid shameclosing eyes, mewing "laintively
and long, showing him her milkwhite teeth :e watched the dark eyeslits
narrowing with greed till her eyes were green stones Then he went to
the dresser, took the jug :anlonBs milkman had just filled for him,
"oured warmbubbled milk on a saucer and set it slowly on the floor
##Gurrhr@ she cried, running to la"
:e watched the bristles shining wirily in the weak light as she ti""ed
three times and licked lightly Donder is it true if you cli" them they
canBt mouse after DhyC They shine in the dark, "erha"s, the ti"s 5r
kind of feelers in the dark, "erha"s
:e listened to her licking la" :am and eggs, no ;o good eggs with this
drouth Dant "ure fresh water Thursday% not a good day either for a
mutton kidney at BuckleyBs 9ried with butter, a shake of "e""er Better
a "ork kidney at 'lugac>Bs Dhile the kettle is boiling 4he la""ed
slower, then licking the saucer clean Dhy are their tongues so roughC
To la" better, all "orous holes ;othing she can eatC :e glanced round
him ;o
5n Auietly creaky boots he went u" the staircase to the hall, "aused by
the bedroom door 4he might like something tasty Thin bread and butter
she likes in the morning 4till "erha"s% once in a way
:e said softly in the bare hall%
##3Bm going round the corner Be back in a minute
&nd when he had heard his voice say it he added%
##!ou donBt want anything for breakfastC
& slee"y soft grunt answered%
;o 4he didnBt want anything :e heard then a warm heavy sigh, softer,
as she turned over and the loose brass Auoits of the bedstead jingled
=ust get those settled really Pity &ll the way from Gibraltar
9orgotten any little 4"anish she knew Donder what her father gave for
it 5ld style &h yes@ of course Bought it at the governorBs auction
Got a short knock :ard as nails at a bargain, old Tweedy !es, sir &t
Plevna that was 3 rose from the ranks, sir, and 3Bm "roud of it
4till he had brains enough to make that corner in stam"s ;ow that was
:is hand took his hat from the "eg over his initialled heavy overcoat
and his lost "ro"erty office secondhand water"roof 4tam"s% stickyback
"ictures 'aresay lots of officers are in the swim too 2ourse they do
The sweated legend in the crown of his hat told him mutely% PlastoBs
high grade ha :e "ee"ed Auickly inside the leather headband Dhite sli"
of "a"er Guite safe
5n the doorste" he felt in his hi" "ocket for the latchkey ;ot there
3n the trousers 3 left off =ust get it Potato 3 have 2reaky wardrobe
;o use disturbing her 4he turned over slee"ily that time :e "ulled
the halldoor to after him very Auietly, more, till the footleaf dro""ed
gently over the threshold, a lim" lid $ooked shut &ll right till 3
come back anyhow
:e crossed to the bright side, avoiding the loose cellarfla" of number
seventyfive The sun was nearing the stee"le of GeorgeBs church Be a
warm day 3 fancy 4"ecially in these black clothes feel it more Black
conducts, reflects, Krefracts is itCL, the heat But 3 couldnBt go in
that light suit =ake a "icnic of it :is eyelids sank Auietly often as
he walked in ha""y warmth BolandBs breadvan delivering with trays our
daily but she "refers yesterdayBs loaves turnovers cris" crowns hot
=akes you feel young 4omewhere in the east% early morning% set off at
dawn Travel round in front of the sun, steal a dayBs march on him <ee"
it u" for ever never grow a day older technically Dalk along a strand,
strange land, come to a city gate, sentry there, old ranker too, old
TweedyBs big moustaches, leaning on a long kind of a s"ear Dander
through awned streets Turbaned faces going by 'ark caves of car"et
sho"s, big man, Turko the terrible, seated crosslegged, smoking a coiled
"i"e 2ries of sellers in the streets 'rink water scented with fennel,
sherbet 'ander along all day =ight meet a robber or two Dell,
meet him Getting on to sundown The shadows of the mosAues among the
"illars% "riest with a scroll rolled u" & shiver of the trees, signal,
the evening wind 3 "ass on 9ading gold sky & mother watches me from
her doorway 4he calls her children home in their dark language :igh
wall% beyond strings twanged ;ight sky, moon, violet, colour of =ollyBs
new garters 4trings $isten & girl "laying one of those instruments
what do you call them% dulcimers 3 "ass
Probably not a bit like it really <ind of stuff you read% in the track
of the sun 4unburst on the title"age :e smiled, "leasing himself Dhat
&rthur Griffith said about the head"iece over the ?9reeman? leader% a
homerule sun rising u" in the northwest from the laneway behind the bank
of 3reland :e "rolonged his "leased smile 3key touch that% homerule
sun rising u" in the north#west
:e a""roached $arry 5B1ourkeBs 9rom the cellar grating floated u" the
flabby gush of "orter Through the o"en doorway the bar sAuirted out
whiffs of ginger, teadust, biscuitmush Good house, however% just the
end of the city traffic 9or instance =B&uleyBs down there% n g as
"osition 5f course if they ran a tramline along the ;orth 2ircular from
the cattlemarket to the Auays value would go u" like a shot
Baldhead over the blind 2ute old codger ;o use canvassing him for an
ad 4till he knows his own business best There he is, sure enough, my
bold $arry, leaning against the sugarbin in his shirtsleeves watching
the a"roned curate swab u" with mo" and bucket 4imon 'edalus takes him
off to a tee with his eyes screwed u" 'o you know what 3Bm going to
tell youC DhatBs that, =r 5B1ourkeC 'o you know whatC The 1ussians,
theyBd only be an eight oBclock breakfast for the Ja"anese
4to" and say a word% about the funeral "erha"s 4ad thing about "oor
'ignam, =r 5B1ourke
Turning into 'orset street he said freshly in greeting through the
##Good day, =r 5B1ourke
##Good day to you
##$ovely weather, sir
##BTis all that
Dhere do they get the moneyC 2oming u" redheaded curates from the county
$eitrim, rinsing em"ties and old man in the cellar Then, lo and behold,
they blossom out as &dam 9indlaters or 'an Tallons Then thin of the
com"etition General thirst Good "u>>le would be cross 'ublin without
"assing a "ub 4ave it they canBt 5ff the drunks "erha"s Put down
three and carry five Dhat is that, a bob here and there, dribs and
drabs 5n the wholesale orders "erha"s 'oing a double shuffle with the
town travellers 4Auare it you with the boss and weBll s"lit the job,
:ow much would that tot to off the "orter in the monthC 4ay ten barrels
of stuff 4ay he got ten "er cent off 5 more 9ifteen :e "assed 4aint
Jose"hBs ;ational school BratsB clamour Dindows o"en 9resh air
hel"s memory 5r a lilt &hbeesee defeegee kelomen o"eecue rustyouvee
doubleyou Boys are theyC !es 3nishturk 3nishark 3nishboffin &t
their joggerfry =ine 4lieve Bloom
:e halted before 'lugac>Bs window, staring at the hanks of sausages,
"olonies, black and white 9ifteen multi"lied by The figures whitened
in his mind, unsolved% dis"leased, he let them fade The shiny links,
"acked with forcemeat, fed his ga>e and he breathed in tranAuilly the
lukewarm breath of cooked s"icy "igsB blood
& kidney oo>ed bloodgouts on the willow"atterned dish% the last :e
stood by the neEtdoor girl at the counter Dould she buy it too, calling
the items from a sli" in her handC 2ha""ed% washingsoda &nd a "ound and
a half of 'ennyBs sausages :is eyes rested on her vigorous hi"s
Doods his name is Donder what he does Dife is oldish ;ew blood
;o followers allowed 4trong "air of arms Dhacking a car"et on the
clothesline 4he does whack it, by George The way her crooked skirt
swings at each whack
The ferreteyed "orkbutcher folded the sausages he had sni""ed off with
blotchy fingers, sausage"ink 4ound meat there% like a stallfed heifer
:e took a "age u" from the "ile of cut sheets% the model farm at
<innereth on the lakeshore of Tiberias 2an become ideal winter
sanatorium =oses =ontefiore 3 thought he was 9armhouse, wall round
it, blurred cattle cro""ing :e held the "age from him% interesting%
read it nearer, the title, the blurred cro""ing cattle, the "age
rustling & young white heifer Those mornings in the cattlemarket, the
beasts lowing in their "ens, branded shee", flo" and fall of dung, the
breeders in hobnailed boots trudging through the litter, sla""ing a "alm
on a ri"emeated hindAuarter, thereBs a "rime one, un"eeled switches in
their hands :e held the "age aslant "atiently, bending his senses and
his will, his soft subject ga>e at rest The crooked skirt swinging,
whack by whack by whack
The "orkbutcher sna""ed two sheets from the "ile, wra""ed u" her "rime
sausages and made a red grimace
##;ow, my miss, he said
4he tendered a coin, smiling boldly, holding her thick wrist out
##Thank you, my miss &nd one shilling three"ence change 9or you,
=r Bloom "ointed Auickly To catch u" and walk behind her if she went
slowly, behind her moving hams Pleasant to see first thing in the
morning :urry u", damn it =ake hay while the sun shines 4he stood
outside the sho" in sunlight and sauntered la>ily to the right :e
sighed down his nose% they never understand 4odacha""ed hands 2rusted
toenails too Brown sca"ulars in tatters, defending her both ways
The sting of disregard glowed to weak "leasure within his breast 9or
another% a constable off duty cuddling her in Eccles lane They like
them si>eable Prime sausage 5 "lease, =r Policeman, 3Bm lost in the
##Three"ence, "lease
:is hand acce"ted the moist tender gland and slid it into a side"ocket
Then it fetched u" three coins from his trousersB "ocket and laid them
on the rubber "rickles They lay, were read Auickly and Auickly slid,
disc by disc, into the till
##Thank you, sir &nother time
& s"eck of eager fire from foEeyes thanked him :e withdrew his ga>e
after an instant ;o% better not% another time
##Good morning, he said, moving away
##Good morning, sir
;o sign Gone Dhat matterC
:e walked back along 'orset street, reading gravely &gendath ;etaim%
"lantersB com"any To "urchase waste sandy tracts from Turkish
government and "lant with eucaly"tus trees EEcellent for shade, fuel
and construction 5rangegroves and immense melonfields north of Jaffa
!ou "ay eighty marks and they "lant a dunam of land for you with olives,
oranges, almonds or citrons 5lives chea"er% oranges need artificial
irrigation Every year you get a sending of the cro" !our name entered
for life as owner in the book of the union 2an "ay ten down and the
balance in yearly instalments Bleibtreustrasse /., Berlin, D (6
;othing doing 4till an idea behind it
:e looked at the cattle, blurred in silver heat 4ilver"owdered
olivetrees Guiet long days% "runing, ri"ening 5lives are "acked in
jars, ehC 3 have a few left from &ndrews =olly s"itting them out <nows
the taste of them now 5ranges in tissue "a"er "acked in crates 2itrons
too Donder is "oor 2itron still in 4aint <evinBs "arade &nd =astiansky
with the old cither Pleasant evenings we had then =olly in 2itronBs
basketchair ;ice to hold, cool waEen fruit, hold in the hand, lift it
to the nostrils and smell the "erfume $ike that, heavy, sweet, wild
"erfume &lways the same, year after year They fetched high "rices too,
=oisel told me &rbutus "lace% Pleasants street% "leasant old times
=ust be without a flaw, he said 2oming all that way% 4"ain, Gibraltar,
=editerranean, the $evant 2rates lined u" on the Auayside at Jaffa,
cha" ticking them off in a book, navvies handling them barefoot in
soiled dungarees ThereBs whatdoyoucallhim out of :ow do youC 'oesnBt
see 2ha" you know just to salute bit of a bore :is back is like that
;orwegian ca"tainBs Donder if 3Bll meet him today Datering cart To
"rovoke the rain 5n earth as it is in heaven
& cloud began to cover the sun slowly, wholly Grey 9ar
;o, not like that & barren land, bare waste Hulcanic lake, the dead
sea% no fish, weedless, sunk dee" in the earth ;o wind could lift those
waves, grey metal, "oisonous foggy waters Brimstone they called it
raining down% the cities of the "lain% 4odom, Gomorrah, Edom &ll dead
names & dead sea in a dead land, grey and old 5ld now 3t bore the
oldest, the first race & bent hag crossed from 2assidyBs, clutching a
naggin bottle by the neck The oldest "eo"le Dandered far away over
all the earth, ca"tivity to ca"tivity, multi"lying, dying, being born
everywhere 3t lay there now ;ow it could bear no more 'ead% an old
womanBs% the grey sunken cunt of the world
Grey horror seared his flesh 9olding the "age into his "ocket he turned
into Eccles street, hurrying homeward 2old oils slid along his veins,
chilling his blood% age crusting him with a salt cloak Dell, 3 am here
now !es, 3 am here now =orning mouth bad images Got u" wrong side of
the bed =ust begin again those 4andowBs eEercises 5n the hands down
Blotchy brown brick houses ;umber eighty still unlet Dhy is thatC
Haluation is only twenty#eight Towers, Battersby, ;orth, =ac&rthur%
"arlour windows "lastered with bills Plasters on a sore eye To smell
the gentle smoke of tea, fume of the "an, si>>ling butter Be near her
am"le bedwarmed flesh !es, yes
Guick warm sunlight came running from Berkeley road, swiftly, in slim
sandals, along the brightening foot"ath 1uns, she runs to meet me, a
girl with gold hair on the wind
Two letters and a card lay on the hallfloor :e stoo"ed and gathered
them =rs =arion Bloom :is Auickened heart slowed at once Bold hand
=rs =arion
Entering the bedroom he halfclosed his eyes and walked through warm
yellow twilight towards her tousled head
##Dho are the letters forC
:e looked at them =ullingar =illy
##& letter for me from =illy, he said carefully, and a card to you &nd
a letter for you
:e laid her card and letter on the twill beds"read near the curve of her
##'o you want the blind u"C
$etting the blind u" by gentle tugs halfway his backward eye saw her
glance at the letter and tuck it under her "illow
##That doC he asked, turning
4he was reading the card, "ro""ed on her elbow
##4he got the things, she said
:e waited till she had laid the card aside and curled herself back
slowly with a snug sigh
##:urry u" with that tea, she said 3Bm "arched
##The kettle is boiling, he said
But he delayed to clear the chair% her stri"ed "etticoat, tossed soiled
linen% and lifted all in an armful on to the foot of the bed
&s he went down the kitchen stairs she called%
##4cald the tea"ot
5n the boil sure enough% a "lume of steam from the s"out :e scalded and
rinsed out the tea"ot and "ut in four full s"oons of tea, tilting the
kettle then to let the water flow in :aving set it to draw he took off
the kettle, crushed the "an flat on the live coals and watched the lum"
of butter slide and melt Dhile he unwra""ed the kidney the cat mewed
hungrily against him Give her too much meat she wonBt mouse 4ay they
wonBt eat "ork <osher :ere :e let the bloodsmeared "a"er fall to
her and dro""ed the kidney amid the si>>ling butter sauce Pe""er :e
s"rinkled it through his fingers ringwise from the chi""ed eggcu"
Then he slit o"en his letter, glancing down the "age and over Thanks%
new tam% =r 2oghlan% lough 5wel "icnic% young student% Bla>es BoylanBs
seaside girls
The tea was drawn :e filled his own moustachecu", sham crown
'erby, smiling 4illy =illyBs birthday gift 5nly five she was then ;o,
wait% four 3 gave her the amberoid necklace she broke Putting "ieces
of folded brown "a"er in the letterboE for her :e smiled, "ouring
?5, =illy Bloom, you are my darling
!ou are my lookingglass from night to morning
3Bd rather have you without a farthing
Than <atey <eogh with her ass and garden?
Poor old "rofessor Goodwin 'readful old case 4till he was a courteous
old cha" 5ldfashioned way he used to bow =olly off the "latform &nd
the little mirror in his silk hat The night =illy brought it into
the "arlour 5, look what 3 found in "rofessor GoodwinBs hat@ &ll we
laughed 4eE breaking out even then Pert little "iece she was
:e "rodded a fork into the kidney and sla""ed it over% then fitted the
tea"ot on the tray 3ts hum" bum"ed as he took it u" Everything on
itC Bread and butter, four, sugar, s"oon, her cream !es :e carried it
u"stairs, his thumb hooked in the tea"ot handle
;udging the door o"en with his knee he carried the tray in and set it on
the chair by the bedhead
##Dhat a time you were@ she said
4he set the brasses jingling as she raised herself briskly, an elbow on
the "illow :e looked calmly down on her bulk and between her large soft
bubs, slo"ing within her nightdress like a shegoatBs udder The warmth
of her couched body rose on the air, mingling with the fragrance of the
tea she "oured
& stri" of torn envelo"e "ee"ed from under the dim"led "illow 3n the
act of going he stayed to straighten the beds"read
##Dho was the letter fromC he asked
Bold hand =arion
##5, Boylan, she said :eBs bringing the "rogramme
##Dhat are you singingC
##?$a ci darem? with J 2 'oyle, she said, and ?$oveBs 5ld 4weet 4ong?
:er full li"s, drinking, smiled 1ather stale smell that incense leaves
neEt day $ike foul flowerwater
##Dould you like the window o"en a littleC
4he doubled a slice of bread into her mouth, asking%
##Dhat time is the funeralC
##Eleven, 3 think, he answered 3 didnBt see the "a"er
9ollowing the "ointing of her finger he took u" a leg of her soiled
drawers from the bed ;oC Then, a twisted grey garter loo"ed round a
stocking% rum"led, shiny sole
##;o% that book
5ther stocking :er "etticoat
##3t must have fell down, she said
:e felt here and there ?Hoglio e non vorrei? Donder if she "ronounces
that right% ?voglio? ;ot in the bed =ust have slid down :e stoo"ed
and lifted the valance The book, fallen, s"rawled against the bulge of
the orangekeyed chamber"ot
##4how here, she said 3 "ut a mark in it ThereBs a word 3 wanted to
ask you
4he swallowed a draught of tea from her cu" held by nothandle and,
having wi"ed her fingerti"s smartly on the blanket, began to search the
teEt with the hair"in till she reached the word
##=et him whatC he asked
##:ere, she said Dhat does that meanC
:e leaned downward and read near her "olished thumbnail
##!es DhoBs he when heBs at homeC
##=etem"sychosis, he said, frowning 3tBs Greek% from the Greek That
means the transmigration of souls
##5, rocks@ she said Tell us in "lain words
:e smiled, glancing askance at her mocking eyes The same young eyes
The first night after the charades 'ol"hinBs Barn :e turned over
the smudged "ages ?1uby% the Pride of the 1ing? :ello 3llustration
9ierce 3talian with carriagewhi" =ust be 1uby "ride of the on the floor
naked 4heet kindly lent ?The monster =affei desisted and flung his
victim from him with an oath? 2ruelty behind it all 'o"ed animals
Tra"e>e at :englerBs :ad to look the other way =ob ga"ing Break your
neck and weBll break our sides 9amilies of them Bone them young so
they metams"ychosis That we live after death 5ur souls That a manBs
soul after he dies 'ignamBs soul
##'id you finish itC he asked
##!es, she said ThereBs nothing smutty in it 3s she in love with the
first fellow all the timeC
##;ever read it 'o you want anotherC
##!es Get another of Paul de <ockBs ;ice name he has
4he "oured more tea into her cu", watching it flow sideways
=ust get that 2a"el street library book renewed or theyBll write to
<earney, my guarantor 1eincarnation% thatBs the word
##4ome "eo"le believe, he said, that we go on living in another body
after death, that we lived before They call it reincarnation That
we all lived before on the earth thousands of years ago or some other
"lanet They say we have forgotten it 4ome say they remember their "ast
The sluggish cream wound curdling s"irals through her tea Bette remind
her of the word% metem"sychosis &n eEam"le would be better &n eEam"leC
The ?Bath of the ;ym"h? over the bed Given away with the Easter number
of ?Photo Bits?% 4"lendid master"iece in art colours Tea before you
"ut milk in ;ot unlike her with her hair down% slimmer Three and siE
3 gave for the frame 4he said it would look nice over the bed ;aked
nym"hs% Greece% and for instance all the "eo"le that lived then
:e turned the "ages back
##=etem"sychosis, he said, is what the ancient Greeks called it They
used to believe you could be changed into an animal or a tree, for
instance Dhat they called nym"hs, for eEam"le
:er s"oon ceased to stir u" the sugar 4he ga>ed straight before her,
inhaling through her arched nostrils
##ThereBs a smell of burn, she said 'id you leave anything on the fireC
##The kidney@ he cried suddenly
:e fitted the book roughly into his inner "ocket and, stubbing his toes
against the broken commode, hurried out towards the smell, ste""ing
hastily down the stairs with a flurried storkBs legs Pungent smoke shot
u" in an angry jet from a side of the "an By "rodding a "rong of the
fork under the kidney he detached it and turned it turtle on its back
5nly a little burnt :e tossed it off the "an on to a "late and let the
scanty brown gravy trickle over it
2u" of tea now :e sat down, cut and buttered a slice of the loaf
:e shore away the burnt flesh and flung it to the cat Then he "ut a
forkful into his mouth, chewing with discernment the toothsome "liant
meat 'one to a turn & mouthful of tea Then he cut away dies of bread,
so""ed one in the gravy and "ut it in his mouth Dhat was that about
some young student and a "icnicC :e creased out the letter at his side,
reading it slowly as he chewed, so""ing another die of bread in the
gravy and raising it to his mouth
'earest Pa"li
Thanks ever so much for the lovely birthday "resent 3t suits me
s"lendid Everyone says 3 am Auite the belle in my new tam 3 got
mummyBs 3ovely boE of creams and am writing They are lovely 3 am
getting on swimming in the "hoto business now =r 2oghlan took one of me
and =rs Dill send when develo"ed De did great bi> yesterday 9air day
and all the beef to the heels were in De are going to lough 5wel on
=onday with a few friends to make a scra" "icnic Give my love to
mummy and to yourself a big kiss and thanks 3 hear them at the "iano
downstairs There is to be a concert in the Greville &rms on 4aturday
There is a young student comes here some evenings named Bannon his
cousins or something are big swells and he sings BoylanBs K3 was on the
"o" of writing Bla>es BoylanBsL song about those seaside girls Tell him
silly =illy sends my best res"ects 3 must now close with fondest love
!our fond daughter, =3$$!
P 4 EEcuse bad writing am in hurry Byby =
9ifteen yesterday 2urious, fifteenth of the month too :er first
birthday away from home 4e"aration 1emember the summer morning she
was born, running to knock u" =rs Thornton in 'en>ille street Jolly old
woman $ot of babies she must have hel"ed into the world 4he knew from
the first "oor little 1udy wouldnBt live Dell, God is good, sir 4he
knew at once :e would be eleven now if he had lived
:is vacant face stared "ityingly at the "ostscri"t EEcuse bad writing
:urry Piano downstairs 2oming out of her shell 1ow with her in the
R$ 2afe about the bracelet DouldnBt eat her cakes or s"eak or look
4auceboE :e so""ed other dies of bread in the gravy and ate "iece after
"iece of kidney Twelve and siE a week ;ot much 4till, she might do
worse =usic hall stage !oung student :e drank a draught of cooler tea
to wash down his meal Then he read the letter again% twice
5, well% she knows how to mind herself But if notC ;o, nothing has
ha""ened 5f course it might Dait in any case till it does & wild
"iece of goods :er slim legs running u" the staircase 'estiny
1i"ening now
Hain% very
:e smiled with troubled affection at the kitchen window 'ay 3 caught
her in the street "inching her cheeks to make them red &nemic a little
Das given milk too long 5n the E13;B4 <3;G that day round the <ish
'amned old tub "itching about ;ot a bit funky :er "ale blue scarf
loose in the wind with her hair ?&ll dim"led cheeks and curls, !our
head it sim"ly swirls?
4easide girls Torn envelo"e :ands stuck in his trousersB "ockets,
jarvey off for the day, singing 9riend of the family 4wurls, he says
Pier with lam"s, summer evening, band,
?Those girls, those girls,
Those lovely seaside girls?
=illy too !oung kisses% the first 9ar away now "ast =rs =arion
1eading, lying back now, counting the strands of her hair, smiling,
& soft Aualm, regret, flowed down his backbone, increasing Dill ha""en,
yes Prevent Useless% canBt move GirlBs sweet light li"s Dill ha""en
too :e felt the flowing Aualm s"read over him Useless to move now
$i"s kissed, kissing, kissed 9ull gluey womanBs li"s
Better where she is down there% away 5ccu"y her Danted a dog to "ass
the time =ight take a tri" down there &ugust bank holiday, only two
and siE return 4iE weeks off, however =ight work a "ress "ass 5r
through =B2oy
The cat, having cleaned all her fur, returned to the meatstained "a"er,
nosed at it and stalked to the door 4he looked back at him, mewing
Dants to go out Dait before a door sometime it will o"en $et her wait
:as the fidgets Electric Thunder in the air Das washing at her ear
with her back to the fire too
:e felt heavy, full% then a gentle loosening of his bowels :e stood u",
undoing the waistband of his trousers The cat mewed to him
##=iaow@ he said in answer Dait till 3Bm ready
:eaviness% hot day coming Too much trouble to fag u" the stairs to the
& "a"er :e liked to read at stool :o"e no a"e comes knocking just as
3n the tabledrawer he found an old number of ?Titbits? :e folded it
under his arm"it, went to the door and o"ened it The cat went u" in
soft bounds &h, wanted to go u"stairs, curl u" in a ball on the bed
$istening, he heard her voice%
##2ome, come, "ussy 2ome
:e went out through the backdoor into the garden% stood to listen
towards the neEt garden ;o sound Perha"s hanging clothes out to dry
The maid was in the garden 9ine morning
:e bent down to regard a lean file of s"earmint growing by the wall
=ake a summerhouse here 4carlet runners Hirginia cree"ers Dant to
manure the whole "lace over, scabby soil & coat of liver of sul"hur
&ll soil like that without dung :ousehold slo"s $oam, what is this
that isC The hens in the neEt garden% their dro""ings are very good to"
dressing Best of all though are the cattle, es"ecially when they are
fed on those oilcakes =ulch of dung Best thing to clean ladiesB kid
gloves 'irty cleans &shes too 1eclaim the whole "lace Grow "eas in
that corner there $ettuce &lways have fresh greens then 4till gardens
have their drawbacks That bee or bluebottle here Dhitmonday
:e walked on Dhere is my hat, by the wayC =ust have "ut it back on the
"eg 5r hanging u" on the floor 9unny 3 donBt remember that :allstand
too full 9our umbrellas, her raincloak Picking u" the letters
'ragoBs sho"bell ringing Gueer 3 was just thinking that moment Brown
brillantined hair over his collar Just had a wash and brushu" Donder
have 3 time for a bath this morning Tara street 2ha" in the "ayboE
there got away James 4te"hens, they say 5BBrien
'ee" voice that fellow 'lugac> has &gendath what is itC ;ow, my miss
:e kicked o"en the cra>y door of the jakes Better be careful not to get
these trousers dirty for the funeral :e went in, bowing his head
under the low lintel $eaving the door ajar, amid the stench of mouldy
limewash and stale cobwebs he undid his braces Before sitting down he
"eered through a chink u" at the neEtdoor windows The king was in his
countinghouse ;obody
&sAuat on the cuckstool he folded out his "a"er, turning its "ages over
on his bared knees 4omething new and easy ;o great hurry <ee" it a
bit 5ur "ri>e titbit% ?=atchamBs =asterstroke? Dritten by =r Phili"
Beaufoy, PlaygoersB 2lub, $ondon Payment at the rate of one guinea
a column has been made to the writer Three and a half Three "ounds
three Three "ounds, thirteen and siE
Guietly he read, restraining himself, the first column and, yielding but
resisting, began the second =idway, his last resistance yielding, he
allowed his bowels to ease themselves Auietly as he read, reading still
"atiently that slight consti"ation of yesterday Auite gone :o"e itBs
not too big bring on "iles again ;o, just right 4o &h@ 2ostive 5ne
tabloid of cascara sagrada $ife might be so 3t did not move or touch
him but it was something Auick and neat Print anything now 4illy
season :e read on, seated calm above his own rising smell ;eat
certainly ?=atcham often thinks of the masterstroke by which he won the
laughing witch who now? Begins and ends morally ?:and in hand? 4mart
:e glanced back through what he had read and, while feeling his water
flow Auietly, he envied kindly =r Beaufoy who had written it and
received "ayment of three "ounds, thirteen and siE
=ight manage a sketch By =r and =rs $ = Bloom 3nvent a story for
some "roverb DhichC Time 3 used to try jotting down on my cuff what she
said dressing 'islike dressing together ;icked myself shaving Biting
her nether li", hooking the "lacket of her skirt Timing her 7l6
'id 1oberts "ay you yetC 7)* Dhat had Gretta 2onroy onC 7)/ Dhat
"ossessed me to buy this combC 7). 3Bm swelled after that cabbage &
s"eck of dust on the "atent leather of her boot
1ubbing smartly in turn each welt against her stockinged calf =orning
after the ba>aar dance when =ayBs band "layed PonchielliBs dance of the
hours EE"lain that% morning hours, noon, then evening coming on, then
night hours Dashing her teeth That was the first night :er head
dancing :er fansticks clicking 3s that Boylan well offC :e has money
DhyC 3 noticed he had a good rich smell off his breath dancing ;o use
humming then &llude to it 4trange kind of music that last night The
mirror was in shadow 4he rubbed her handglass briskly on her woollen
vest against her full wagging bub Peering into it $ines in her eyes
3t wouldnBt "an out somehow
Evening hours, girls in grey gau>e ;ight hours then% black with daggers
and eyemasks Poetical idea% "ink, then golden, then grey, then black
4till, true to life also 'ay% then the night
:e tore away half the "ri>e story shar"ly and wi"ed himself with it
Then he girded u" his trousers, braced and buttoned himself :e "ulled
back the jerky shaky door of the jakes and came forth from the gloom
into the air
3n the bright light, lightened and cooled in limb, he eyed carefully his
black trousers% the ends, the knees, the houghs of the knees Dhat time
is the funeralC Better find out in the "a"er
& creak and a dark whirr in the air high u" The bells of GeorgeBs
church They tolled the hour% loud dark iron
?:eigho@ :eigho@
:eigho@ :eigho@
:eigho@ :eigho@?
Guarter to There again% the overtone following through the air, third
Poor 'ignam@
By lorries along sir John 1ogersonBs Auay =r Bloom walked soberly, "ast
Dindmill lane, $easkBs the linseed crusher, the "ostal telegra"h office
2ould have given that address too &nd "ast the sailorsB home :e turned
from the morning noises of the Auayside and walked through $ime street
By BradyBs cottages a boy for the skins lolled, his bucket of offal
linked, smoking a chewed fagbutt & smaller girl with scars of ec>ema
on her forehead eyed him, listlessly holding her battered caskhoo" Tell
him if he smokes he wonBt grow 5 let him@ :is life isnBt such a bed of
roses Daiting outside "ubs to bring da home 2ome home to ma, da
4lack hour% wonBt be many there :e crossed Townsend street, "assed
the frowning face of Bethel El, yes% house of% &le"h, Beth &nd "ast
;icholsB the undertaker &t eleven it is Time enough 'aresay 2orny
<elleher bagged the job for 5B;eillBs 4inging with his eyes shut
2orny =et her once in the "ark 3n the dark Dhat a lark Police tout
:er name and address she then told with my tooraloom tooraloom tay
5, surely he bagged it Bury him chea" in a whatyoumaycall Dith my
tooraloom, tooraloom, tooraloom, tooraloom
3n Destland row he halted before the window of the Belfast and 5riental
Tea 2om"any and read the legends of lead"a"ered "ackets% choice blend,
finest Auality, family tea 1ather warm Tea =ust get some from Tom
<ernan 2ouldnBt ask him at a funeral, though Dhile his eyes still read
blandly he took off his hat Auietly inhaling his hairoil and sent his
right hand with slow grace over his brow and hair Hery warm morning
Under their dro""ed lids his eyes found the tiny bow of the leather
headband inside his high grade ha Just there :is right hand came down
into the bowl of his hat :is fingers found Auickly a card behind the
headband and transferred it to his waistcoat "ocket
4o warm :is right hand once more more slowly went over his brow and
hair Then he "ut on his hat again, relieved% and read again% choice
blend, made of the finest 2eylon brands The far east $ovely s"ot it
must be% the garden of the world, big la>y leaves to float about on,
cactuses, flowery meads, snaky lianas they call them Donder is it like
that Those 2inghalese lobbing about in the sun in ?dolce far niente?,
not doing a handBs turn all day 4lee" siE months out of twelve Too hot
to Auarrel 3nfluence of the climate $ethargy 9lowers of idleness The
air feeds most &>otes :othouse in Botanic gardens 4ensitive "lants
Daterlilies Petals too tired to 4lee"ing sickness in the air Dalk on
roseleaves 3magine trying to eat tri"e and cowheel Dhere was the cha"
3 saw in that "icture somewhereC &h yes, in the dead sea floating on his
back, reading a book with a "arasol o"en 2ouldnBt sink if you tried% so
thick with salt Because the weight of the water, no, the weight of
the body in the water is eAual to the weight of the whatC 5r is it the
volume is eAual to the weightC 3tBs a law something like that Hance in
:igh school cracking his fingerjoints, teaching The college curriculum
2racking curriculum Dhat is weight really when you say the weightC
Thirtytwo feet "er second "er second $aw of falling bodies% "er second
"er second They all fall to the ground The earth 3tBs the force of
gravity of the earth is the weight
:e turned away and sauntered across the road :ow did she walk with her
sausagesC $ike that something &s he walked he took the folded ?9reeman?
from his side"ocket, unfolded it, rolled it lengthwise in a baton and
ta""ed it at each sauntering ste" against his trouserleg 2areless air%
just dro" in to see Per second "er second Per second for every second
it means 9rom the curbstone he darted a keen glance through the door of
the "ostoffice Too late boE Post here ;o#one 3n
:e handed the card through the brass grill
##&re there any letters for meC he asked
Dhile the "ostmistress searched a "igeonhole he ga>ed at the recruiting
"oster with soldiers of all arms on "arade% and held the ti" of his
baton against his nostrils, smelling fresh"rinted rag "a"er ;o answer
"robably Dent too far last time
The "ostmistress handed him back through the grill his card with a
letter :e thanked her and glanced ra"idly at the ty"ed envelo"e
:enry 9lower EsA, cSo P 5 Destland 1ow, 2ity
&nswered anyhow :e sli""ed card and letter into his side"ocket,
reviewing again the soldiers on "arade DhereBs old TweedyBs regimentC
2astoff soldier There% bearskin ca" and hackle "lume ;o, heBs a
grenadier Pointed cuffs There he is% royal 'ublin fusiliers 1edcoats
Too showy That must be why the women go after them Uniform Easier to
enlist and drill =aud GonneBs letter about taking them off 5B2onnell
street at night% disgrace to our 3rish ca"ital GriffithBs "a"er is on
the same tack now% an army rotten with venereal disease% overseas or
halfseasover em"ire :alf baked they look% hy"notised like Eyes front
=ark time Table% able Bed% ed The <ingBs own ;ever see him dressed
u" as a fireman or a bobby & mason, yes
:e strolled out of the "ostoffice and turned to the right Talk% as if
that would mend matters :is hand went into his "ocket and a forefinger
felt its way under the fla" of the envelo"e, ri""ing it o"en in jerks
Domen will "ay a lot of heed, 3 donBt think :is fingers drew forth the
letter the letter and crum"led the envelo"e in his "ocket 4omething
"inned on% "hoto "erha"s :airC ;o
=B2oy Get rid of him Auickly Take me out of my way :ate com"any when
##:ello, Bloom Dhere are you off toC
##:ello, =B2oy ;owhere in "articular
##:owBs the bodyC
##9ine :ow are youC
##Just kee"ing alive, =B2oy said
:is eyes on the black tie and clothes he asked with low res"ect%
##3s there any no trouble 3 ho"eC 3 see youBre
##5, no, =r Bloom said Poor 'ignam, you know The funeral is today
##To be sure, "oor fellow 4o it is Dhat timeC
& "hoto it isnBt & badge maybe
##E eleven, =r Bloom answered
##3 must try to get out there, =B2oy said Eleven, is itC 3 only heard
it last night Dho was telling meC :olohan !ou know :o""yC
##3 know
=r Bloom ga>ed across the road at the outsider drawn u" before the door
of the Grosvenor The "orter hoisted the valise u" on the well 4he
stood still, waiting, while the man, husband, brother, like her,
searched his "ockets for change 4tylish kind of coat with that roll
collar, warm for a day like this, looks like blanketcloth 2areless
stand of her with her hands in those "atch "ockets $ike that haughty
creature at the "olo match Domen all for caste till you touch the s"ot
:andsome is and handsome does 1eserved about to yield The honourable
=rs and Brutus is an honourable man Possess her once take the starch
out of her
##3 was with Bob 'oran, heBs on one of his "eriodical bends, and what do
you call him Bantam $yons Just down there in 2onwayBs we were
'oran $yons in 2onwayBs 4he raised a gloved hand to her hair 3n came
:o""y :aving a wet 'rawing back his head and ga>ing far from beneath
his vailed eyelids he saw the bright fawn skin shine in the glare, the
braided drums 2learly 3 can see today =oisture about gives long sight
"erha"s Talking of one thing or another $adyBs hand Dhich side will
she get u"C
##&nd he said% ?4ad thing about our "oor friend Paddy@ Dhat PaddyC? 3
said ?Poor little Paddy 'ignam?, he said
5ff to the country% Broadstone "robably :igh brown boots with laces
dangling Dellturned foot Dhat is he foostering over that change forC
4ees me looking Eye out for other fellow always Good fallback Two
strings to her bow
##?DhyC? 3 said ?DhatBs wrong with himC? 3 said
Proud% rich% silk stockings
##!es, =r Bloom said
:e moved a little to the side of =B2oyBs talking head Getting u" in a
##?DhatBs wrong with him?C :e said ?:eBs dead?, he said &nd, faith,
he filled u" ?3s it Paddy 'ignam?C 3 said 3 couldnBt believe it when 3
heard it 3 was with him no later than 9riday last or Thursday was it in
the &rch ?!es,? he said ?:eBs gone :e died on =onday, "oor fellow?
Datch@ Datch@ 4ilk flash rich stockings white Datch@
& heavy tramcar honking its gong slewed between
$ost it 2urse your noisy "ugnose 9eels locked out of it Paradise and
the "eri &lways ha""ening like that The very moment Girl in Eustace
street hallway =onday was it settling her garter :er friend covering
the dis"lay of ?es"rit de cor"s? Dell, what are you ga"ing atC
##!es, yes, =r Bloom said after a dull sigh &nother gone
##5ne of the best, =B2oy said
The tram "assed They drove off towards the $oo" $ine bridge, her rich
gloved hand on the steel gri" 9licker, flicker% the laceflare of her
hat in the sun% flicker, flick
##Dife well, 3 su""oseC =B2oyBs changed voice said
##5, yes, =r Bloom said Ti"to", thanks
:e unrolled the news"a"er baton idly and read idly%
?Dhat is home without PlumtreeBs Potted =eatC 3ncom"lete Dith it an
abode of bliss?
##=y missus has just got an engagement &t least itBs not settled yet
Halise tack again By the way no harm 3Bm off that, thanks
=r Bloom turned his largelidded eyes with unhasty friendliness
##=y wife too, he said 4heBs going to sing at a swagger affair in the
Ulster :all, Belfast, on the twenty#fifth
##That soC =B2oy said Glad to hear that, old man DhoBs getting it u"C
=rs =arion Bloom ;ot u" yet Gueen was in her bedroom eating bread and
;o book Blackened court cards laid along her thigh by sevens 'ark lady
and fair man $etter 2at furry black ball Torn stri" of envelo"e
2omes lo#oveBs old?
##3tBs a kind of a tour, donBt you see, =r Bloom said thoughtfully
?4weeeet song? ThereBs a committee formed Part shares and "art
=B2oy nodded, "icking at his moustache stubble
##5, well, he said ThatBs good news
:e moved to go
##Dell, glad to see you looking fit, he said =eet you knocking around
##!es, =r Bloom said
##Tell you what, =B2oy said !ou might "ut down my name at the funeral,
will youC 3Bd like to go but 3 mightnBt be able, you see ThereBs a
drowning case at 4andycove may turn u" and then the coroner and myself
would have to go down if the body is found !ou just shove in my name if
3Bm not there, will youC
##3Bll do that, =r Bloom said, moving to get off ThatBll be all right
##1ight, =B2oy said brightly Thanks, old man 3Bd go if 3 "ossibly
could Dell, tolloll Just 2 P =B2oy will do
##That will be done, =r Bloom answered firmly
'idnBt catch me na""ing that whee>e The Auick touch 4oft mark 3Bd
like my job Halise 3 have a "articular fancy for $eather 2a""ed
corners, rivetted edges, double action lever lock Bob 2owley lent him
his for the Dicklow regatta concert last year and never heard tidings of
it from that good day to this
=r Bloom, strolling towards Brunswick street, smiled =y missus has just
got an 1eedy freckled so"rano 2heese"aring nose ;ice enough in its
way% for a little ballad ;o guts in it !ou and me, donBt you know%
in the same boat 4oftsoa"ing Give you the needle that would 2anBt
he hear the differenceC Think heBs that way inclined a bit &gainst
my grain somehow Thought that Belfast would fetch him 3 ho"e that
small"oE u" there doesnBt get worse 4u""ose she wouldnBt let herself be
vaccinated again !our wife and my wife
Donder is he "im"ing after meC
=r Bloom stood at the corner, his eyes wandering over the multicoloured
hoardings 2antrell and 2ochraneBs Ginger &le K&romaticL 2leryBs 4ummer
4ale ;o, heBs going on straight :ello ?$eah? tonight =rs Bandmann
Palmer $ike to see her again in that ?:amlet? she "layed last night
=ale im"ersonator Perha"s he was a woman Dhy 5"helia committed
suicide Poor "a"a@ :ow he used to talk of <ate Bateman in that 5utside
the &del"hi in $ondon waited all the afternoon to get in !ear before
3 was born that was% siEtyfive &nd 1istori in Hienna Dhat is this the
right name isC By =osenthal it is 1achel, is itC ;o The scene he was
always talking about where the old blind &braham recognises the voice
and "uts his fingers on his face
;athanBs voice@ :is sonBs voice@ 3 hear the voice of ;athan who left his
father to die of grief and misery in my arms, who left the house of his
father and left the God of his father
Every word is so dee", $eo"old
Poor "a"a@ Poor man@ 3Bm glad 3 didnBt go into the room to look at his
face That day@ 5, dear@ 5, dear@ 9foo@ Dell, "erha"s it was best for
=r Bloom went round the corner and "assed the droo"ing nags of the
ha>ard ;o use thinking of it any more ;osebag time Dish 3 hadnBt met
that =B2oy fellow
:e came nearer and heard a crunching of gilded oats, the gently cham"ing
teeth Their full buck eyes regarded him as he went by, amid the sweet
oaten reek of horse"iss Their Eldorado Poor jugginses@ 'amn all they
know or care about anything with their long noses stuck in nosebags
Too full for words 4till they get their feed all right and their doss
Gelded too% a stum" of black gutta"ercha wagging lim" between their
haunches =ight be ha""y all the same that way Good "oor brutes they
look 4till their neigh can be very irritating
:e drew the letter from his "ocket and folded it into the news"a"er he
carried =ight just walk into her here The lane is safer
:e "assed the cabmanBs shelter 2urious the life of drifting cabbies
&ll weathers, all "laces, time or setdown, no will of their own ?Hoglio
e non? $ike to give them an odd cigarette 4ociable 4hout a few flying
syllables as they "ass :e hummed%
?$a ci darem la mano
$a la lala la la?
:e turned into 2umberland street and, going on some "aces, halted in the
lee of the station wall ;o#one =eadeBs timberyard Piled balks 1uins
and tenements Dith careful tread he "assed over a ho"scotch court with
its forgotten "ickeystone ;ot a sinner ;ear the timberyard a sAuatted
child at marbles, alone, shooting the taw with a cunnythumb & wise
tabby, a blinking s"hinE, watched from her warm sill Pity to disturb
them =ohammed cut a "iece out of his mantle not to wake her 5"en it
&nd once 3 "layed marbles when 3 went to that old dameBs school 4he
liked mignonette =rs EllisBs &nd =rC :e o"ened the letter within the
& flower 3 think itBs a & yellow flower with flattened "etals ;ot
annoyed thenC Dhat does she sayC
'ear :enry
3 got your last letter to me and thank you very much for it 3 am sorry
you did not like my last letter Dhy did you enclose the stam"sC 3 am
awfully angry with you 3 do wish 3 could "unish you for that 3 called
you naughty boy because 3 do not like that other world Please tell me
what is the real meaning of that wordC &re you not ha""y in your home
you "oor little naughty boyC 3 do wish 3 could do something for you
Please tell me what you think of "oor me 3 often think of the beautiful
name you have 'ear :enry, when will we meetC 3 think of you so often
you have no idea 3 have never felt myself so much drawn to a man as
you 3 feel so bad about Please write me a long letter and tell me
more 1emember if you do not 3 will "unish you 4o now you know what 3
will do to you, you naughty boy, if you do not wrote 5 how 3 long to
meet you :enry dear, do not deny my reAuest before my "atience are
eEhausted Then 3 will tell you all Goodbye now, naughty darling, 3
have such a bad headache today and write ?by return? to your longing
P 4 'o tell me what kind of "erfume does your wife use 3 want to
:e tore the flower gravely from its "inhold smelt its almost no smell
and "laced it in his heart "ocket $anguage of flowers They like it
because no#one can hear 5r a "oison bouAuet to strike him down Then
walking slowly forward he read the letter again, murmuring here and
there a word &ngry tuli"s with you darling manflower "unish your cactus
if you donBt "lease "oor forgetmenot how 3 long violets to dear roses
when we soon anemone meet all naughty nightstalk wife =arthaBs "erfume
:aving read it all he took it from the news"a"er and "ut it back in his
Deak joy o"ened his li"s 2hanged since the first letter Donder did she
wrote it herself 'oing the indignant% a girl of good family like me,
res"ectable character 2ould meet one 4unday after the rosary Thank
you% not having any Usual love scrimmage Then running round corners
Bad as a row with =olly 2igar has a cooling effect ;arcotic Go
further neEt time ;aughty boy% "unish% afraid of words, of course
Brutal, why notC Try it anyhow & bit at a time
9ingering still the letter in his "ocket he drew the "in out of it
2ommon "in, ehC :e threw it on the road 5ut of her clothes somewhere%
"inned together Gueer the number of "ins they always have ;o roses
without thorns
9lat 'ublin voices bawled in his head Those two sluts that night in the
2oombe, linked together in the rain
?5, =ary lost the "in of her drawers
4he didnBt know what to do
To kee" it u"
To kee" it u"?
3tC Them 4uch a bad headache :as her roses "robably 5r sitting all
day ty"ing Eyefocus bad for stomach nerves Dhat "erfume does your wife
use ;ow could you make out a thing like thatC
?To kee" it u"?
=artha, =ary 3 saw that "icture somewhere 3 forget now old master or
faked for money :e is sitting in their house, talking =ysterious &lso
the two sluts in the 2oombe would listen
?To kee" it u"?
;ice kind of evening feeling ;o more wandering about Just loll there%
Auiet dusk% let everything ri" 9orget Tell about "laces you have been,
strange customs The other one, jar on her head, was getting the su""er%
fruit, olives, lovely cool water out of a well, stonecold like the hole
in the wall at &shtown =ust carry a "a"er goblet neEt time 3 go to the
trottingmatches 4he listens with big dark soft eyes Tell her% more and
more% all Then a sigh% silence $ong long long rest
Going under the railway arch he took out the envelo"e, tore it swiftly
in shreds and scattered them towards the road The shreds fluttered
away, sank in the dank air% a white flutter, then all sank
:enry 9lower !ou could tear u" a cheAue for a hundred "ounds in the
same way 4im"le bit of "a"er $ord 3veagh once cashed a sevenfigure
cheAue for a million in the bank of 3reland 4hows you the money to be
made out of "orter 4till the other brother lord &rdilaun has to change
his shirt four times a day, they say 4kin breeds lice or vermin &
million "ounds, wait a moment Two"ence a "int, four"ence a Auart,
eight"ence a gallon of "orter, no, one and four"ence a gallon of "orter
5ne and four into twenty% fifteen about !es, eEactly 9ifteen millions
of barrels of "orter
Dhat am 3 saying barrelsC Gallons &bout a million barrels all the same
&n incoming train clanked heavily above his head, coach after coach
Barrels bum"ed in his head% dull "orter slo""ed and churned inside
The bungholes s"rang o"en and a huge dull flood leaked out, flowing
together, winding through mudflats all over the level land, a la>y
"ooling swirl of liAuor bearing along wideleaved flowers of its froth
:e had reached the o"en backdoor of &ll :allows 4te""ing into the "orch
he doffed his hat, took the card from his "ocket and tucked it again
behind the leather headband 'amn it 3 might have tried to work =B2oy
for a "ass to =ullingar
4ame notice on the door 4ermon by the very reverend John 2onmee 4J
on saint Peter 2laver 4J and the &frican =ission Prayers for the
conversion of Gladstone they had too when he was almost unconscious The
"rotestants are the same 2onvert 'r Dilliam J Dalsh '' to the true
religion 4ave 2hinaBs millions Donder how they eE"lain it to the
heathen 2hinee Prefer an ounce of o"ium 2elestials 1ank heresy for
them Buddha their god lying on his side in the museum Taking it easy
with hand under his cheek Josssticks burning ;ot like Ecce :omo 2rown
of thorns and cross 2lever idea 4aint Patrick the shamrock 2ho"sticksC
2onmee% =artin 2unningham knows him% distinguishedlooking 4orry 3
didnBt work him about getting =olly into the choir instead of that
9ather 9arley who looked a fool but wasnBt TheyBre taught that :eBs
not going out in bluey s"ecs with the sweat rolling off him to ba"tise
blacks, is heC The glasses would take their fancy, flashing $ike to see
them sitting round in a ring with blub li"s, entranced, listening 4till
life $a" it u" like milk, 3 su""ose
The cold smell of sacred stone called him :e trod the worn ste"s,
"ushed the swingdoor and entered softly by the rere
4omething going on% some sodality Pity so em"ty ;ice discreet "lace
to be neEt some girl Dho is my neighbourC Jammed by the hour to slow
music That woman at midnight mass 4eventh heaven Domen knelt in the
benches with crimson halters round their necks, heads bowed & batch
knelt at the altarrails The "riest went along by them, murmuring,
holding the thing in his hands :e sto""ed at each, took out a
communion, shook a dro" or two Kare they in waterCL off it and "ut it
neatly into her mouth :er hat and head sank Then the neEt one :er hat
sank at once Then the neEt one% a small old woman The "riest bent down
to "ut it into her mouth, murmuring all the time $atin The neEt one
4hut your eyes and o"en your mouth DhatC ?2or"us%? body 2or"se Good
idea the $atin 4tu"efies them first :os"ice for the dying They
donBt seem to chew it% only swallow it down 1um idea% eating bits of a
cor"se Dhy the cannibals cotton to it
:e stood aside watching their blind masks "ass down the aisle, one by
one, and seek their "laces :e a""roached a bench and seated himself in
its corner, nursing his hat and news"a"er These "ots we have to wear
De ought to have hats modelled on our heads They were about him here
and there, with heads still bowed in their crimson halters, waiting for
it to melt in their stomachs 4omething like those ma>>oth% itBs that
sort of bread% unleavened shewbread $ook at them ;ow 3 bet it makes
them feel ha""y $olli"o" 3t does !es, bread of angels itBs called
ThereBs a big idea behind it, kind of kingdom of God is within you feel
9irst communicants :oky"oky "enny a lum" Then feel all like one family
"arty, same in the theatre, all in the same swim They do 3Bm sure of
that ;ot so lonely 3n our confraternity Then come out a bit s"reeish
$et off steam Thing is if you really believe in it $ourdes cure,
waters of oblivion, and the <nock a""arition, statues bleeding 5ld
fellow aslee" near that confessionboE :ence those snores Blind faith
4afe in the arms of kingdom come $ulls all "ain Dake this time neEt
:e saw the "riest stow the communion cu" away, well in, and kneel an
instant before it, showing a large grey bootsole from under the lace
affair he had on 4u""ose he lost the "in of his :e wouldnBt know what
to do to Bald s"ot behind $etters on his back% 3;13C ;o% 3:4
=olly told me one time 3 asked her 3 have sinned% or no% 3 have
suffered, it is &nd the other oneC 3ron nails ran in
=eet one 4unday after the rosary 'o not deny my reAuest Turn u" with
a veil and black bag 'usk and the light behind her 4he might be here
with a ribbon round her neck and do the other thing all the same on the
sly Their character That fellow that turned AueenBs evidence on the
invincibles he used to receive the, 2arey was his name, the communion
every morning This very church Peter 2arey, yes ;o, Peter 2laver 3 am
thinking of 'enis 2arey &nd just imagine that Dife and siE children
at home &nd "lotting that murder all the time Those crawthum"ers,
now thatBs a good name for them, thereBs always something shiftylooking
about them TheyBre not straight men of business either 5, no, sheBs
not here% the flower% no, no By the way, did 3 tear u" that envelo"eC
!es% under the bridge
The "riest was rinsing out the chalice% then he tossed off the dregs
smartly Dine =akes it more aristocratic than for eEam"le if he drank
what they are used to GuinnessBs "orter or some tem"erance beverage
DheatleyBs 'ublin ho" bitters or 2antrell and 2ochraneBs ginger ale
KaromaticL 'oesnBt give them any of it% shew wine% only the other
2old comfort Pious fraud but Auite right% otherwise theyBd have one old
booser worse than another coming along, cadging for a drink Gueer the
whole atmos"here of the Guite right Perfectly right that is
=r Bloom looked back towards the choir ;ot going to be any music Pity
Dho has the organ here 3 wonderC 5ld Glynn he knew how to make that
instrument talk, the ?vibrato?% fifty "ounds a year they say he had in
Gardiner street =olly was in fine voice that day, the ?4tabat =ater?
of 1ossini 9ather Bernard HaughanBs sermon first 2hrist or PilateC
2hrist, but donBt kee" us all night over it =usic they wanted
9ootdrill sto""ed 2ould hear a "in dro" 3 told her to "itch her voice
against that corner 3 could feel the thrill in the air, the full, the
"eo"le looking u"%
?Guis est homo?
4ome of that old sacred music s"lendid =ercadante% seven last words
=o>artBs twelfth mass% ?Gloria? in that Those old "o"es keen on music,
on art and statues and "ictures of all kinds Palestrina for eEam"le
too They had a gay old time while it lasted :ealthy too, chanting,
regular hours, then brew liAueurs Benedictine Green 2hartreuse 4till,
having eunuchs in their choir that was coming it a bit thick Dhat kind
of voice is itC =ust be curious to hear after their own strong basses
2onnoisseurs 4u""ose they wouldnBt feel anything after <ind of a
"lacid ;o worry 9all into flesh, donBt theyC Gluttons, tall, long
legs Dho knowsC Eunuch 5ne way out of it
:e saw the "riest bend down and kiss the altar and then face about and
bless all the "eo"le &ll crossed themselves and stood u" =r Bloom
glanced about him and then stood u", looking over the risen hats 4tand
u" at the gos"el of course Then all settled down on their knees again
and he sat back Auietly in his bench The "riest came down from the
altar, holding the thing out from him, and he and the massboy answered
each other in $atin Then the "riest knelt down and began to read off a
##5 God, our refuge and our strength
=r Bloom "ut his face forward to catch the words English Throw them
the bone 3 remember slightly :ow long since your last massC Glorious
and immaculate virgin Jose"h, her s"ouse Peter and Paul =ore
interesting if you understood what it was all about Donderful
organisation certainly, goes like clockwork 2onfession Everyone wants
to Then 3 will tell you all Penance Punish me, "lease Great wea"on
in their hands =ore than doctor or solicitor Doman dying to &nd 3
schschschschschsch &nd did you chachachachachaC &nd why did youC $ook
down at her ring to find an eEcuse Dhis"ering gallery walls have ears
:usband learn to his sur"rise GodBs little joke Then out she comes
1e"entance skindee" $ovely shame Pray at an altar :ail =ary and :oly
=ary 9lowers, incense, candles melting :ide her blushes 4alvation
army blatant imitation 1eformed "rostitute will address the meeting
:ow 3 found the $ord 4Auareheaded cha"s those must be in 1ome% they
work the whole show &nd donBt they rake in the money tooC BeAuests
also% to the PP for the time being in his absolute discretion
=asses for the re"ose of my soul to be said "ublicly with o"en doors
=onasteries and convents The "riest in that 9ermanagh will case in the
witnessboE ;o browbeating him :e had his answer "at for everything
$iberty and eEaltation of our holy mother the church The doctors of the
church% they ma""ed out the whole theology of it
The "riest "rayed%
##Blessed =ichael, archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict Be
our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil Kmay God
restrain him, we humbly "ray@L% and do thou, 5 "rince of the heavenly
host, by the "ower of God thrust 4atan down to hell and with him those
other wicked s"irits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls
The "riest and the massboy stood u" and walked off &ll over The women
remained behind% thanksgiving
Better be shoving along Brother Bu>> 2ome around with the "late
"erha"s Pay your Easter duty
:e stood u" :ello Dere those two buttons of my waistcoat o"en all the
timeC Domen enjoy it ;ever tell you But we EEcuse, miss, thereBs a
Kwhh@L just a Kwhh@L fluff 5r their skirt behind, "lacket unhooked
Glim"ses of the moon &nnoyed if you donBt Dhy didnBt you tell me
before 4till like you better untidy Good job it wasnBt farther south
:e "assed, discreetly buttoning, down the aisle and out through the main
door into the light :e stood a moment unseeing by the cold black marble
bowl while before him and behind two worshi""ers di""ed furtive hands in
the low tide of holy water Trams% a car of PrescottBs dyeworks% a widow
in her weeds ;otice because 3Bm in mourning myself :e covered himself
:ow goes the timeC Guarter "ast Time enough yet Better get that lotion
made u" Dhere is thisC &h yes, the last time 4wenyBs in $incoln "lace
2hemists rarely move Their green and gold beaconjars too heavy to stir
:amilton $ongBs, founded in the year of the flood :uguenot churchyard
near there Hisit some day
:e walked southward along Destland row But the reci"e is in the other
trousers 5, and 3 forgot that latchkey too Bore this funeral affair
5 well, "oor fellow, itBs not his fault Dhen was it 3 got it made u"
lastC Dait 3 changed a sovereign 3 remember 9irst of the month it must
have been or the second 5, he can look it u" in the "rescri"tions book
The chemist turned back "age after "age 4andy shrivelled smell he seems
to have 4hrunken skull &nd old Guest for the "hiloso"herBs stone The
alchemists 'rugs age you after mental eEcitement $ethargy then DhyC
1eaction & lifetime in a night Gradually changes your character
$iving all the day among herbs, ointments, disinfectants &ll his
alabaster lily"ots =ortar and "estle &A 'ist 9ol $aur Te Hirid
4mell almost cure you like the dentistBs doorbell 'octor Dhack :e
ought to "hysic himself a bit Electuary or emulsion The first fellow
that "icked an herb to cure himself had a bit of "luck 4im"les Dant to
be careful Enough stuff here to chloroform you Test% turns blue
litmus "a"er red 2hloroform 5verdose of laudanum 4lee"ing draughts
$ove"hiltres Paragoric "o""ysyru" bad for cough 2logs the "ores or the
"hlegm Poisons the only cures 1emedy where you least eE"ect it 2lever
of nature
##&bout a fortnight ago, sirC
##!es, =r Bloom said
:e waited by the counter, inhaling slowly the keen reek of drugs, the
dusty dry smell of s"onges and loofahs $ot of time taken u" telling
your aches and "ains
##4weet almond oil and tincture of ben>oin, =r Bloom said, and then
orangeflower water
3t certainly did make her skin so delicate white like waE
##&nd white waE also, he said
Brings out the darkness of her eyes $ooking at me, the sheet u" to
her eyes, 4"anish, smelling herself, when 3 was fiEing the links in my
cuffs Those homely reci"es are often the best% strawberries for the
teeth% nettles and rainwater% oatmeal they say stee"ed in buttermilk
4kinfood 5ne of the old AueenBs sons, duke of &lbany was itC had only
one skin $eo"old, yes Three we have Darts, bunions and "im"les to
make it worse But you want a "erfume too Dhat "erfume does yourC ?Peau
dBEs"agne? That orangeflower water is so fresh ;ice smell these soa"s
have Pure curd soa" Time to get a bath round the corner :ammam
Turkish =assage 'irt gets rolled u" in your navel ;icer if a nice
girl did it &lso 3 think 3 !es 3 'o it in the bath 2urious longing
3 Dater to water 2ombine business with "leasure Pity no time for
massage 9eel fresh then all the day 9uneral be rather glum
##!es, sir, the chemist said That was two and nine :ave you brought a
##;o, =r Bloom said =ake it u", "lease 3Bll call later in the day and
3Bll take one of these soa"s :ow much are theyC
##9our"ence, sir
=r Bloom raised a cake to his nostrils 4weet lemony waE
##3Bll take this one, he said That makes three and a "enny
##!es, sir, the chemist said !ou can "ay all together, sir, when you
come back
##Good, =r Bloom said
:e strolled out of the sho", the news"a"er baton under his arm"it, the
coolwra""ered soa" in his left hand
&t his arm"it Bantam $yonsB voice and hand said%
##:ello, Bloom DhatBs the best newsC 3s that todayBsC 4how us a minute
4haved off his moustache again, by Jove@ $ong cold u""er li" To look
younger :e does look balmy !ounger than 3 am
Bantam $yonsBs yellow blacknailed fingers unrolled the baton Dants a
wash too Take off the rough dirt Good morning, have you used PearsB
soa"C 'andruff on his shoulders 4cal" wants oiling
##3 want to see about that 9rench horse thatBs running today, Bantam
$yons said Dhere the bugger is itC
:e rustled the "leated "ages, jerking his chin on his high collar
BarberBs itch Tight collar heBll lose his hair Better leave him the
"a"er and get shut of him
##!ou can kee" it, =r Bloom said
##&scot Gold cu" Dait, Bantam $yons muttered :alf a mo =aEimum the
##3 was just going to throw it away, =r Bloom said
Bantam $yons raised his eyes suddenly and leered weakly
##DhatBs thatC his shar" voice said
##3 say you can kee" it, =r Bloom answered 3 was going to throw it away
that moment
Bantam $yons doubted an instant, leering% then thrust the outs"read
sheets back on =r BloomBs arms
##3Bll risk it, he said :ere, thanks
:e s"ed off towards 2onwayBs corner God s"eed scut
=r Bloom folded the sheets again to a neat sAuare and lodged the soa"
in it, smiling 4illy li"s of that cha" Betting 1egular hotbed of it
lately =essenger boys stealing to "ut on siE"ence 1affle for large
tender turkey !our 2hristmas dinner for three"ence Jack 9leming
embe>>ling to gamble then smuggled off to &merica <ee"s a hotel now
They never come back 9lesh"ots of Egy"t
:e walked cheerfully towards the mosAue of the baths 1emind you of a
mosAue, redbaked bricks, the minarets 2ollege s"orts today 3 see :e
eyed the horseshoe "oster over the gate of college "ark% cyclist doubled
u" like a cod in a "ot 'amn bad ad ;ow if they had made it round
like a wheel Then the s"okes% s"orts, s"orts, s"orts% and the hub big%
college 4omething to catch the eye
ThereBs :ornblower standing at the "orterBs lodge <ee" him on hands%
might take a turn in there on the nod :ow do you do, =r :ornblowerC :ow
do you do, sirC
:eavenly weather really 3f life was always like that 2ricket weather
4it around under sunshades 5ver after over 5ut They canBt "lay it
here 'uck for siE wickets 4till 2a"tain 2uller broke a window in the
<ildare street club with a slog to sAuare leg 'onnybrook fair more
in their line &nd the skulls we were acracking when =B2arthy took the
floor :eatwave DonBt last &lways "assing, the stream of life, which
in the stream of life we trace is dearer than them all
Enjoy a bath now% clean trough of water, cool enamel, the gentle te"id
stream This is my body
:e foresaw his "ale body reclined in it at full, naked, in a womb of
warmth, oiled by scented melting soa", softly laved :e saw his
trunk and limbs ri"ri""led over and sustained, buoyed lightly u"ward,
lemonyellow% his navel, bud of flesh% and saw the dark tangled curls of
his bush floating, floating hair of the stream around the lim" father of
thousands, a languid floating flower
=artin 2unningham, first, "oked his silkhatted head into the creaking
carriage and, entering deftly, seated himself =r Power ste""ed in after
him, curving his height with care
##2ome on, 4imon
##&fter you, =r Bloom said
=r 'edalus covered himself Auickly and got in, saying%
!es, yes
##&re we all here nowC =artin 2unningham asked 2ome along, Bloom
=r Bloom entered and sat in the vacant "lace :e "ulled the door to
after him and slammed it twice till it shut tight :e "assed an arm
through the armstra" and looked seriously from the o"en carriagewindow
at the lowered blinds of the avenue 5ne dragged aside% an old woman
"ee"ing ;ose whiteflattened against the "ane Thanking her stars she
was "assed over EEtraordinary the interest they take in a cor"se Glad
to see us go we give them such trouble coming Job seems to suit them
:uggermugger in corners 4lo" about in sli""ersla""ers for fear heBd
wake Then getting it ready $aying it out =olly and =rs 9leming making
the bed Pull it more to your side 5ur windingsheet ;ever know who
will touch you dead Dash and sham"oo 3 believe they cli" the nails and
the hair <ee" a bit in an envelo"e Grows all the same after Unclean
&ll waited ;othing was said 4towing in the wreaths "robably 3 am
sitting on something hard &h, that soa"% in my hi" "ocket Better shift
it out of that Dait for an o""ortunity
&ll waited Then wheels were heard from in front, turning% then nearer%
then horsesB hoofs & jolt Their carriage began to move, creaking and
swaying 5ther hoofs and creaking wheels started behind The blinds of
the avenue "assed and number nine with its cra"ed knocker, door ajar &t
walking "ace
They waited still, their knees jogging, till they had turned and were
"assing along the tramtracks Tritonville road Guicker The wheels
rattled rolling over the cobbled causeway and the cra>y glasses shook
rattling in the doorframes
##Dhat way is he taking usC =r Power asked through both windows
##3rishtown, =artin 2unningham said 1ingsend Brunswick street
=r 'edalus nodded, looking out
##ThatBs a fine old custom, he said 3 am glad to see it has not died
&ll watched awhile through their windows ca"s and hats lifted by
"assers 1es"ect The carriage swerved from the tramtrack to the
smoother road "ast Datery lane =r Bloom at ga>e saw a lithe young man,
clad in mourning, a wide hat
##ThereBs a friend of yours gone by, 'edalus, he said
##Dho is thatC
##!our son and heir
##Dhere is heC =r 'edalus said, stretching over across
The carriage, "assing the o"en drains and mounds of ri""edu" roadway
before the tenement houses, lurched round the corner and, swerving back
to the tramtrack, rolled on noisily with chattering wheels =r 'edalus
fell back, saying%
##Das that =ulligan cad with himC :is ?fidus &chates?@
##;o, =r Bloom said :e was alone
##'own with his aunt 4ally, 3 su""ose, =r 'edalus said, the Goulding
faction, the drunken little costdrawer and 2rissie, "a"aBs little lum"
of dung, the wise child that knows her own father
=r Bloom smiled joylessly on 1ingsend road Dallace Bros% the
bottleworks% 'odder bridge
1ichie Goulding and the legal bag Goulding, 2ollis and Dard he calls
the firm :is jokes are getting a bit dam" Great card he was Dalt>ing
in 4tamer street with 3gnatius Gallaher on a 4unday morning, the
landladyBs two hats "inned on his head 5ut on the ram"age all night
Beginning to tell on him now% that backache of his, 3 fear Dife ironing
his back Thinks heBll cure it with "ills &ll breadcrumbs they are
&bout siE hundred "er cent "rofit
##:eBs in with a lowdown crowd, =r 'edalus snarled That =ulligan is a
contaminated bloody doubledyed ruffian by all accounts :is name stinks
all over 'ublin But with the hel" of God and :is blessed mother 3Bll
make it my business to write a letter one of those days to his mother
or his aunt or whatever she is that will o"en her eye as wide as a gate
3Bll tickle his catastro"he, believe you me
:e cried above the clatter of the wheels%
##3 wonBt have her bastard of a ne"hew ruin my son & counterjum"erBs
son 4elling ta"es in my cousin, Peter Paul =B4wineyBs ;ot likely
:e ceased =r Bloom glanced from his angry moustache to =r PowerBs mild
face and =artin 2unninghamBs eyes and beard, gravely shaking ;oisy
selfwilled man 9ull of his son :e is right 4omething to hand on 3f
little 1udy had lived 4ee him grow u" :ear his voice in the house
Dalking beside =olly in an Eton suit =y son =e in his eyes 4trange
feeling it would be 9rom me Just a chance =ust have been that morning
in 1aymond terrace she was at the window watching the two dogs at it by
the wall of the cease to do evil &nd the sergeant grinning u" 4he had
that cream gown on with the ri" she never stitched Give us a touch,
Poldy God, 3Bm dying for it :ow life begins
Got big then :ad to refuse the Greystones concert =y son inside her
3 could have hel"ed him on in life 3 could =ake him inde"endent $earn
German too
##&re we lateC =r Power asked
##Ten minutes, =artin 2unningham said, looking at his watch
=olly =illy 4ame thing watered down :er tomboy oaths 5 jum"ing
Ju"iter@ !e gods and little fishes@ 4till, sheBs a dear girl 4oon be a
woman =ullingar 'earest Pa"li !oung student !es, yes% a woman too
$ife, life
The carriage heeled over and back, their four trunks swaying
##2orny might have given us a more commodious yoke, =r Power said
##:e might, =r 'edalus said, if he hadnBt that sAuint troubling him 'o
you follow meC
:e closed his left eye =artin 2unningham began to brush away
crustcrumbs from under his thighs
##Dhat is this, he said, in the name of GodC 2rumbsC
##4omeone seems to have been making a "icnic "arty here lately, =r Power
&ll raised their thighs and eyed with disfavour the mildewed buttonless
leather of the seats =r 'edalus, twisting his nose, frowned downward
and said%
##Unless 3Bm greatly mistaken Dhat do you think, =artinC
##3t struck me too, =artin 2unningham said
=r Bloom set his thigh down Glad 3 took that bath 9eel my feet Auite
clean But 3 wish =rs 9leming had darned these socks better
=r 'edalus sighed resignedly
##&fter all, he said, itBs the most natural thing in the world
##'id Tom <ernan turn u"C =artin 2unningham asked, twirling the "eak of
his beard gently
##!es, =r Bloom answered :eBs behind with ;ed $ambert and :ynes
##&nd 2orny <elleher himselfC =r Power asked
##&t the cemetery, =artin 2unningham said
##3 met =B2oy this morning, =r Bloom said :e said heBd try to come
The carriage halted short
##DhatBs wrongC
##DeBre sto""ed
##Dhere are weC
=r Bloom "ut his head out of the window
##The grand canal, he said
Gasworks Dhoo"ing cough they say it cures Good job =illy never got
it Poor children@ 'oubles them u" black and blue in convulsions 4hame
really Got off lightly with illnesses com"ared 5nly measles 9laEseed
tea 4carlatina, influen>a e"idemics 2anvassing for death 'onBt miss
this chance 'ogsB home over there Poor old &thos@ Be good to &thos,
$eo"old, is my last wish Thy will be done De obey them in the grave
& dying scrawl :e took it to heart, "ined away Guiet brute 5ld menBs
dogs usually are
& raindro" s"at on his hat :e drew back and saw an instant of shower
s"ray dots over the grey flags &"art 2urious $ike through a colander
3 thought it would =y boots were creaking 3 remember now
##The weather is changing, he said Auietly
##& "ity it did not kee" u" fine, =artin 2unningham said
##Danted for the country, =r Power said ThereBs the sun again coming
=r 'edalus, "eering through his glasses towards the veiled sun, hurled a
mute curse at the sky
##3tBs as uncertain as a childBs bottom, he said
##DeBre off again
The carriage turned again its stiff wheels and their trunks swayed
gently =artin 2unningham twirled more Auickly the "eak of his beard
##Tom <ernan was immense last night, he said &nd Paddy $eonard taking
him off to his face
##5, draw him out, =artin, =r Power said eagerly Dait till you hear
him, 4imon, on Ben 'ollardBs singing of ?The 2ro""y Boy?
##3mmense, =artin 2unningham said "om"ously ?:is singing of that sim"le
ballad, =artin, is the most trenchant rendering 3 ever heard in the
whole course of my eE"erience?
##Trenchant, =r Power said laughing :eBs dead nuts on that &nd the
retros"ective arrangement
##'id you read 'an 'awsonBs s"eechC =artin 2unningham asked
##3 did not then, =r 'edalus said Dhere is itC
##3n the "a"er this morning
=r Bloom took the "a"er from his inside "ocket That book 3 must change
for her
##;o, no, =r 'edalus said Auickly $ater on "lease
=r BloomBs glance travelled down the edge of the "a"er, scanning the
deaths% 2allan, 2oleman, 'ignam, 9awcett, $owry, ;aumann, Peake, what
Peake is thatC is it the cha" was in 2rosbie and &lleyneBsC no, 4eEton,
Urbright 3nked characters fast fading on the frayed breaking "a"er
Thanks to the $ittle 9lower 4adly missed To the ineE"ressible grief of
his &ged ++ after a long and tedious illness =onthBs mind% Guinlan 5n
whose soul 4weet Jesus have mercy
?3t is now a month since dear :enry fled To his home u" above in the sky
Dhile his family wee"s and mourns his loss :o"ing some day to meet him
on high?
3 tore u" the envelo"eC !es Dhere did 3 "ut her letter after 3 read it
in the bathC :e "atted his waistcoat"ocket There all right 'ear :enry
fled Before my "atience are eEhausted
;ational school =eadeBs yard The ha>ard 5nly two there now ;odding
9ull as a tick Too much bone in their skulls The other trotting round
with a fare &n hour ago 3 was "assing there The jarvies raised their
& "ointsmanBs back straightened itself u"right suddenly against a
tramway standard by =r BloomBs window 2ouldnBt they invent something
automatic so that the wheel itself much handierC Dell but that fellow
would lose his job thenC Dell but then another fellow would get a job
making the new inventionC
&ntient concert rooms ;othing on there & man in a buff suit with a
cra"e armlet ;ot much grief there Guarter mourning Peo"le in law
They went "ast the bleak "ul"it of saint =arkBs, under the railway
bridge, "ast the GueenBs theatre% in silence :oardings% Eugene
4tratton, =rs Bandmann Palmer 2ould 3 go to see $E&: tonight, 3 wonder
3 said 3 5r the ?$ily of <illarney?C Elster Grimes 5"era 2om"any Big
"owerful change Det bright bills for neEt week ?9un on the Bristol?
=artin 2unningham could work a "ass for the Gaiety :ave to stand a
drink or two &s broad as itBs long
:eBs coming in the afternoon :er songs
PlastoBs 4ir Phili" 2ram"tonBs memorial fountain bust Dho was heC
##:ow do you doC =artin 2unningham said, raising his "alm to his brow in
##:e doesnBt see us, =r Power said !es, he does :ow do you doC
##DhoC =r 'edalus asked
##Bla>es Boylan, =r Power said There he is airing his Auiff
Just that moment 3 was thinking
=r 'edalus bent across to salute 9rom the door of the 1ed Bank the
white disc of a straw hat flashed re"ly% s"ruce figure% "assed
=r Bloom reviewed the nails of his left hand, then those of his right
hand The nails, yes 3s there anything more in him that they she seesC
9ascination Dorst man in 'ublin That kee"s him alive They sometimes
feel what a "erson is 3nstinct But a ty"e like that =y nails 3
am just looking at them% well "ared &nd after% thinking alone Body
getting a bit softy 3 would notice that% from remembering Dhat causes
thatC 3 su""ose the skin canBt contract Auickly enough when the flesh
falls off But the sha"e is there The sha"e is there still 4houlders
:i"s Plum" ;ight of the dance dressing 4hift stuck between the cheeks
:e clas"ed his hands between his knees and, satisfied, sent his vacant
glance over their faces
=r Power asked%
##:ow is the concert tour getting on, BloomC
##5, very well, =r Bloom said 3 hear great accounts of it 3tBs a good
idea, you see
##&re you going yourselfC
##Dell no, =r Bloom said 3n "oint of fact 3 have to go down to the
county 2lare on some "rivate business !ou see the idea is to tour the
chief towns Dhat you lose on one you can make u" on the other
##Guite so, =artin 2unningham said =ary &nderson is u" there now
:ave you good artistsC
##$ouis Derner is touring her, =r Bloom said 5 yes, weBll have all
to"nobbers J 2 'oyle and John =ac2ormack 3 ho"e and The best, in
##&nd ?=adame?, =r Power said smiling $ast but not least
=r Bloom unclas"ed his hands in a gesture of soft "oliteness and clas"ed
them 4mith 5BBrien 4omeone has laid a bunch of flowers there Doman
=ust be his deathday 9or many ha""y returns The carriage wheeling by
9arrellBs statue united noiselessly their unresisting knees
5ot% a dullgarbed old man from the curbstone tendered his wares, his
mouth o"ening% oot
##9our bootlaces for a "enny
Donder why he was struck off the rolls :ad his office in :ume street
4ame house as =ollyBs namesake, Tweedy, crown solicitor for Daterford
:as that silk hat ever since 1elics of old decency =ourning too
Terrible comedown, "oor wretch@ <icked about like snuff at a wake
5B2allaghan on his last legs
&nd ?=adame? Twenty "ast eleven U" =rs 9leming is in to clean 'oing
her hair, humming ?voglio e non vorrei? ;o ?vorrei e non? $ooking at
the ti"s of her hairs to see if they are s"lit ?=i trema un "oco
il? Beautiful on that ?tre? her voice is% wee"ing tone & thrush &
throstle There is a word throstle that eE"resses that
:is eyes "assed lightly over =r PowerBs goodlooking face Greyish over
the ears ?=adame?% smiling 3 smiled back & smile goes a long way
5nly "oliteness "erha"s ;ice fellow Dho knows is that true about the
woman he kee"sC ;ot "leasant for the wife !et they say, who was it
told me, there is no carnal !ou would imagine that would get "layed
out "retty Auick !es, it was 2rofton met him one evening bringing her
a "ound of rum"steak Dhat is this she wasC Barmaid in JuryBs 5r the
=oira, was itC
They "assed under the hugecloaked $iberatorBs form
=artin 2unningham nudged =r Power
##5f the tribe of 1euben, he said
& tall blackbearded figure, bent on a stick, stum"ing round the corner
of ElveryBs Ele"hant house, showed them a curved hand o"en on his s"ine
##3n all his "ristine beauty, =r Power said
=r 'edalus looked after the stum"ing figure and said mildly%
##The devil break the has" of your back@
=r Power, colla"sing in laughter, shaded his face from the window as the
carriage "assed GrayBs statue
##De have all been there, =artin 2unningham said broadly
:is eyes met =r BloomBs eyes :e caressed his beard, adding%
##Dell, nearly all of us
=r Bloom began to s"eak with sudden eagerness to his com"anionsB faces
##ThatBs an awfully good one thatBs going the rounds about 1euben J and
the son
##&bout the boatmanC =r Power asked
##!es 3snBt it awfully goodC
##Dhat is thatC =r 'edalus asked 3 didnBt hear it
##There was a girl in the case, =r Bloom began, and he determined to
send him to the 3sle of =an out of harmBs way but when they were both

##DhatC =r 'edalus asked That confirmed bloody hobbledehoy is itC

##!es, =r Bloom said They were both on the way to the boat and he tried
to drown
##'rown Barabbas@ =r 'edalus cried 3 wish to 2hrist he did@
=r Power sent a long laugh down his shaded nostrils
##;o, =r Bloom said, the son himself
=artin 2unningham thwarted his s"eech rudely%
##1euben and the son were "iking it down the Auay neEt the river on
their way to the 3sle of =an boat and the young chiseller suddenly got
loose and over the wall with him into the $iffey
##9or GodBs sake@ =r 'edalus eEclaimed in fright 3s he deadC
##'ead@ =artin 2unningham cried ;ot he@ & boatman got a "ole and fished
him out by the slack of the breeches and he was landed u" to the father
on the Auay more dead than alive :alf the town was there
##!es, =r Bloom said But the funny "art is
##&nd 1euben J, =artin 2unningham said, gave the boatman a florin for
saving his sonBs life
& stifled sigh came from under =r PowerBs hand
##5, he did, =artin 2unningham affirmed $ike a hero & silver florin
##3snBt it awfully goodC =r Bloom said eagerly
##5ne and eight"ence too much, =r 'edalus said drily
=r PowerBs choked laugh burst Auietly in the carriage
;elsonBs "illar
##Eight "lums a "enny@ Eight for a "enny@
##De had better look a little serious, =artin 2unningham said
=r 'edalus sighed
##&h then indeed, he said, "oor little Paddy wouldnBt grudge us a laugh
=any a good one he told himself
##The $ord forgive me@ =r Power said, wi"ing his wet eyes with his
fingers Poor Paddy@ 3 little thought a week ago when 3 saw him last and
he was in his usual health that 3Bd be driving after him like this :eBs
gone from us
##&s decent a little man as ever wore a hat, =r 'edalus said :e went
very suddenly
##Breakdown, =artin 2unningham said :eart
:e ta""ed his chest sadly
Bla>ing face% redhot Too much John Barleycorn 2ure for a red nose
'rink like the devil till it turns adelite & lot of money he s"ent
colouring it
=r Power ga>ed at the "assing houses with rueful a""rehension
##:e had a sudden death, "oor fellow, he said
##The best death, =r Bloom said
Their wide o"en eyes looked at him
##;o suffering, he said & moment and all is over $ike dying in slee"
;o#one s"oke
'ead side of the street this 'ull business by day, land agents,
tem"erance hotel, 9alconerBs railway guide, civil service college,
GillBs, catholic club, the industrious blind DhyC 4ome reason 4un or
wind &t night too 2hummies and slaveys Under the "atronage of the
late 9ather =athew 9oundation stone for Parnell Breakdown :eart
Dhite horses with white frontlet "lumes came round the 1otunda corner,
gallo"ing & tiny coffin flashed by 3n a hurry to bury & mourning
coach Unmarried Black for the married Piebald for bachelors 'un for
a nun
##4ad, =artin 2unningham said & child
& dwarfBs face, mauve and wrinkled like little 1udyBs was 'warfBs body,
weak as "utty, in a whitelined deal boE Burial friendly society
"ays Penny a week for a sod of turf 5ur $ittle Beggar Baby =eant
nothing =istake of nature 3f itBs healthy itBs from the mother 3f not
from the man Better luck neEt time
##Poor little thing, =r 'edalus said 3tBs well out of it
The carriage climbed more slowly the hill of 1utland sAuare 1attle his
bones 5ver the stones 5nly a "au"er ;obody owns
##3n the midst of life, =artin 2unningham said
##But the worst of all, =r Power said, is the man who takes his own
=artin 2unningham drew out his watch briskly, coughed and "ut it back
##The greatest disgrace to have in the family, =r Power added
##Tem"orary insanity, of course, =artin 2unningham said decisively De
must take a charitable view of it
##They say a man who does it is a coward, =r 'edalus said
##3t is not for us to judge, =artin 2unningham said
=r Bloom, about to s"eak, closed his li"s again =artin 2unninghamBs
large eyes $ooking away now 4ym"athetic human man he is 3ntelligent
$ike 4hakes"eareBs face &lways a good word to say They have no mercy
on that here or infanticide 1efuse christian burial They used to drive
a stake of wood through his heart in the grave &s if it wasnBt broken
already !et sometimes they re"ent too late 9ound in the riverbed
clutching rushes :e looked at me &nd that awful drunkard of a wife
of his 4etting u" house for her time after time and then "awning the
furniture on him every 4aturday almost $eading him the life of the
damned Dear the heart out of a stone, that =onday morning 4tart
afresh 4houlder to the wheel $ord, she must have looked a sight
that night 'edalus told me he was in there 'runk about the "lace and
ca"ering with =artinBs umbrella
?&nd they call me the jewel of &sia,
5f &sia,
The Geisha?
:e looked away from me :e knows 1attle his bones
That afternoon of the inAuest The redlabelled bottle on the table The
room in the hotel with hunting "ictures 4tuffy it was 4unlight through
the slats of the Henetian blind The coronerBs sunlit ears, big and
hairy Boots giving evidence Thought he was aslee" first Then saw like
yellow streaks on his face :ad sli""ed down to the foot of the bed
Herdict% overdose 'eath by misadventure The letter 9or my son
;o more "ain Dake no more ;obody owns
The carriage rattled swiftly along Blessington street 5ver the stones
##De are going the "ace, 3 think, =artin 2unningham said
##God grant he doesnBt u"set us on the road, =r Power said
##3 ho"e not, =artin 2unningham said That will be a great race tomorrow
in Germany The Gordon Bennett
##!es, by Jove, =r 'edalus said That will be worth seeing, faith
&s they turned into Berkeley street a streetorgan near the Basin sent
over and after them a rollicking rattling song of the halls :as anybody
here seen <ellyC <ay ee double ell wy 'ead =arch from ?4aul? :eBs
as bad as old &ntonio :e left me on my ownio Pirouette@ The ?=ater
=isericordiae? Eccles street =y house down there Big "lace Dard for
incurables there Hery encouraging 5ur $adyBs :os"ice for the dying
'eadhouse handy underneath Dhere old =rs 1iordan died They look
terrible the women :er feeding cu" and rubbing her mouth with the
s"oon Then the screen round her bed for her to die ;ice young student
that was dressed that bite the bee gave me :eBs gone over to the
lying#in hos"ital they told me 9rom one eEtreme to the other The
carriage gallo"ed round a corner% sto""ed
##DhatBs wrong nowC
& divided drove of branded cattle "assed the windows, lowing, slouching
by on "added hoofs, whisking their tails slowly on their clotted bony
crou"s 5utside them and through them ran raddled shee" bleating their
##Emigrants, =r Power said
##:uuuh@ the droverBs voice cried, his switch sounding on their flanks
:uuuh@ out of that@
Thursday, of course Tomorrow is killing day 4"ringers 2uffe sold them
about twentyseven Auid each 9or $iver"ool "robably 1oastbeef for old
England They buy u" all the juicy ones &nd then the fifth Auarter
lost% all that raw stuff, hide, hair, horns 2omes to a big thing in a
year 'ead meat trade By"roducts of the slaughterhouses for tanneries,
soa", margarine Donder if that dodge works now getting dicky meat off
the train at 2lonsilla
The carriage moved on through the drove
##3 canBt make out why the cor"oration doesnBt run a tramline from the
"arkgate to the Auays, =r Bloom said &ll those animals could be taken
in trucks down to the boats
##3nstead of blocking u" the thoroughfare, =artin 2unningham said Guite
right They ought to
##!es, =r Bloom said, and another thing 3 often thought, is to have
munici"al funeral trams like they have in =ilan, you know 1un the line
out to the cemetery gates and have s"ecial trams, hearse and carriage
and all 'onBt you see what 3 meanC
##5, that be damned for a story, =r 'edalus said Pullman car and saloon
##& "oor lookout for 2orny, =r Power added
##DhyC =r Bloom asked, turning to =r 'edalus DouldnBt it be more decent
than gallo"ing two abreastC
##Dell, thereBs something in that, =r 'edalus granted
##&nd, =artin 2unningham said, we wouldnBt have scenes like that when
the hearse ca"si>ed round 'un"hyBs and u"set the coffin on to the road
##That was terrible, =r PowerBs shocked face said, and the cor"se fell
about the road Terrible@
##9irst round 'un"hyBs, =r 'edalus said, nodding Gordon Bennett cu"
##Praises be to God@ =artin 2unningham said "iously
Bom@ U"set & coffin bum"ed out on to the road Burst o"en Paddy 'ignam
shot out and rolling over stiff in the dust in a brown habit too large
for him 1ed face% grey now =outh fallen o"en &sking whatBs u" now
Guite right to close it $ooks horrid o"en Then the insides decom"ose
Auickly =uch better to close u" all the orifices !es, also Dith waE
The s"hincter loose 4eal u" all
##'un"hyBs, =r Power announced as the carriage turned right
'un"hyBs corner =ourning coaches drawn u", drowning their grief &
"ause by the wayside Ti"to" "osition for a "ub EE"ect weBll "ull u"
here on the way back to drink his health Pass round the consolation
EliEir of life
But su""ose now it did ha""en Dould he bleed if a nail say cut him
in the knocking aboutC :e would and he wouldnBt, 3 su""ose 'e"ends on
where The circulation sto"s 4till some might oo>e out of an artery 3t
would be better to bury them in red% a dark red
3n silence they drove along Phibsborough road &n em"ty hearse trotted
by, coming from the cemetery% looks relieved
2rossguns bridge% the royal canal
Dater rushed roaring through the sluices & man stood on his
dro""ing barge, between clam"s of turf 5n the tow"ath by the lock a
slacktethered horse &board of the ?Bugabu?
Their eyes watched him 5n the slow weedy waterway he had floated on his
raft coastward over 3reland drawn by a haulage ro"e "ast beds of
reeds, over slime, mudchoked bottles, carrion dogs &thlone, =ullingar,
=oyvalley, 3 could make a walking tour to see =illy by the canal 5r
cycle down :ire some old crock, safety Dren had one the other day at
the auction but a ladyBs 'evelo"ing waterways James =B2annBs hobby
to row me oBer the ferry 2hea"er transit By easy stages :ouseboats
2am"ing out &lso hearses To heaven by water Perha"s 3 will without
writing 2ome as a sur"rise, $eiEli", 2lonsilla 'ro""ing down lock by
lock to 'ublin Dith turf from the midland bogs 4alute :e lifted his
brown straw hat, saluting Paddy 'ignam
They drove on "ast Brian Boroimhe house ;ear it now
##3 wonder how is our friend 9ogarty getting on, =r Power said
##Better ask Tom <ernan, =r 'edalus said
##:ow is thatC =artin 2unningham said $eft him wee"ing, 3 su""oseC
##Though lost to sight, =r 'edalus said, to memory dear
The carriage steered left for 9inglas road
The stonecutterBs yard on the right $ast la" 2rowded on the s"it of
land silent sha"es a""eared, white, sorrowful, holding out calm hands,
knelt in grief, "ointing 9ragments of sha"es, hewn 3n white silence%
a""ealing The best obtainable Thos : 'ennany, monumental builder and
5n the curbstone before Jimmy Geary, the seEtonBs, an old tram" sat,
grumbling, em"tying the dirt and stones out of his huge dustbrown
yawning boot &fter lifeBs journey
Gloomy gardens then went by% one by one% gloomy houses
=r Power "ointed
##That is where 2hilds was murdered, he said The last house
##4o it is, =r 'edalus said & gruesome case 4eymour Bushe got him off
=urdered his brother 5r so they said
##The crown had no evidence, =r Power said
##5nly circumstantial, =artin 2unningham added ThatBs the maEim of the
law Better for ninetynine guilty to esca"e than for one innocent "erson
to be wrongfully condemned
They looked =urdererBs ground 3t "assed darkly 4huttered, tenantless,
unweeded garden Dhole "lace gone to hell Drongfully condemned =urder
The murdererBs image in the eye of the murdered They love reading about
it =anBs head found in a garden :er clothing consisted of :ow she met
her death 1ecent outrage The wea"on used =urderer is still at large
2lues & shoelace The body to be eEhumed =urder will out
2ram"ed in this carriage 4he mightnBt like me to come that way without
letting her know =ust be careful about women 2atch them once with
their "ants down ;ever forgive you after 9ifteen
The high railings of Pros"ect ri""led "ast their ga>e 'ark "o"lars,
rare white forms 9orms more freAuent, white sha"es thronged amid the
trees, white forms and fragments streaming by mutely, sustaining vain
gestures on the air
The felly harshed against the curbstone% sto""ed =artin 2unningham "ut
out his arm and, wrenching back the handle, shoved the door o"en with
his knee :e ste""ed out =r Power and =r 'edalus followed
2hange that soa" now =r BloomBs hand unbuttoned his hi" "ocket swiftly
and transferred the "a"erstuck soa" to his inner handkerchief "ocket
:e ste""ed out of the carriage, re"lacing the news"a"er his other hand
still held
Paltry funeral% coach and three carriages 3tBs all the same
Pallbearers, gold reins, reAuiem mass, firing a volley Pom" of death
Beyond the hind carriage a hawker stood by his barrow of cakes and
fruit 4imnel cakes those are, stuck together% cakes for the dead
'ogbiscuits Dho ate themC =ourners coming out
:e followed his com"anions =r <ernan and ;ed $ambert followed, :ynes
walking after them 2orny <elleher stood by the o"ened hearse and took
out the two wreaths :e handed one to the boy
Dhere is that childBs funeral disa""eared toC
& team of horses "assed from 9inglas with toiling "lodding tread,
dragging through the funereal silence a creaking waggon on which lay a
granite block The waggoner marching at their head saluted
2offin now Got here before us, dead as he is :orse looking round at it
with his "lume skeowways 'ull eye% collar tight on his neck, "ressing
on a bloodvessel or something 'o they know what they cart out here
every dayC =ust be twenty or thirty funerals every day Then =ount
Jerome for the "rotestants 9unerals all over the world everywhere every
minute 4hovelling them under by the cartload doubleAuick Thousands
every hour Too many in the world
=ourners came out through the gates% woman and a girl $eanjawed har"y,
hard woman at a bargain, her bonnet awry GirlBs face stained with dirt
and tears, holding the womanBs arm, looking u" at her for a sign to cry
9ishBs face, bloodless and livid
The mutes shouldered the coffin and bore it in through the gates 4o
much dead weight 9elt heavier myself ste""ing out of that bath 9irst
the stiff% then the friends of the stiff 2orny <elleher and the
boy followed with their wreaths Dho is that beside themC &h, the
&ll walked after
=artin 2unningham whis"ered%
##3 was in mortal agony with you talking of suicide before Bloom
##DhatC =r Power whis"ered :ow soC
##:is father "oisoned himself, =artin 2unningham whis"ered :ad the
GueenBs hotel in Ennis !ou heard him say he was going to 2lare
##5 God@ =r Power whis"ered 9irst 3 heard of it Poisoned himselfC
:e glanced behind him to where a face with dark thinking eyes followed
towards the cardinalBs mausoleum 4"eaking
##Das he insuredC =r Bloom asked
##3 believe so, =r <ernan answered But the "olicy was heavily
mortgaged =artin is trying to get the youngster into &rtane
##:ow many children did he leaveC
##9ive ;ed $ambert says heBll try to get one of the girls into ToddBs
##& sad case, =r Bloom said gently 9ive young children
##& great blow to the "oor wife, =r <ernan added
##3ndeed yes, =r Bloom agreed
:as the laugh at him now
:e looked down at the boots he had blacked and "olished 4he had
outlived him $ost her husband =ore dead for her than for me 5ne must
outlive the other Dise men say There are more women than men in the
world 2ondole with her !our terrible loss 3 ho"e youBll soon follow
him 9or :indu widows only 4he would marry another :imC ;o !et who
knows after Didowhood not the thing since the old Aueen died 'rawn on
a guncarriage Hictoria and &lbert 9rogmore memorial mourning But
in the end she "ut a few violets in her bonnet Hain in her heart of
hearts &ll for a shadow 2onsort not even a king :er son was the
substance 4omething new to ho"e for not like the "ast she wanted back,
waiting 3t never comes 5ne must go first% alone, under the ground% and
lie no more in her warm bed
##:ow are you, 4imonC ;ed $ambert said softly, clas"ing hands :avenBt
seen you for a month of 4undays
##;ever better :ow are all in 2orkBs own townC
##3 was down there for the 2ork "ark races on Easter =onday, ;ed $ambert
said 4ame old siE and eight"ence 4to""ed with 'ick Tivy
##&nd how is 'ick, the solid manC
##;othing between himself and heaven, ;ed $ambert answered
##By the holy Paul@ =r 'edalus said in subdued wonder 'ick Tivy baldC
##=artin is going to get u" a whi" for the youngsters, ;ed $ambert said,
"ointing ahead & few bob a skull Just to kee" them going till the
insurance is cleared u"
##!es, yes, =r 'edalus said dubiously 3s that the eldest boy in frontC
##!es, ;ed $ambert said, with the wifeBs brother John :enry =enton is
behind :e "ut down his name for a Auid
##3Bll engage he did, =r 'edalus said 3 often told "oor Paddy he ought
to mind that job John :enry is not the worst in the world
##:ow did he lose itC ;ed $ambert asked $iAuor, whatC
##=any a good manBs fault, =r 'edalus said with a sigh
They halted about the door of the mortuary cha"el =r Bloom stood behind
the boy with the wreath looking down at his sleekcombed hair and at the
slender furrowed neck inside his brandnew collar Poor boy@ Das he there
when the fatherC Both unconscious $ighten u" at the last moment
and recognise for the last time &ll he might have done 3 owe three
shillings to 5BGrady Dould he understandC The mutes bore the coffin
into the cha"el Dhich end is his headC
&fter a moment he followed the others in, blinking in the screened
light The coffin lay on its bier before the chancel, four tall yellow
candles at its corners &lways in front of us 2orny <elleher, laying a
wreath at each fore corner, beckoned to the boy to kneel The mourners
knelt here and there in "rayingdesks =r Bloom stood behind near the
font and, when all had knelt, dro""ed carefully his unfolded news"a"er
from his "ocket and knelt his right knee u"on it :e fitted his black
hat gently on his left knee and, holding its brim, bent over "iously
& server bearing a brass bucket with something in it came out through a
door The whitesmocked "riest came after him, tidying his stole with one
hand, balancing with the other a little book against his toadBs belly
DhoBll read the bookC 3, said the rook
They halted by the bier and the "riest began to read out of his book
with a fluent croak
9ather 2offey 3 knew his name was like a coffin ?'omine#namine? Bully
about the mu>>le he looks Bosses the show =uscular christian Doe
betide anyone that looks crooked at him% "riest Thou art Peter Burst
sideways like a shee" in clover 'edalus says he will Dith a belly on
him like a "oisoned "u" =ost amusing eE"ressions that man finds :hhn%
burst sideways
?##;on intres in judicium cum servo tuo, 'omine?
=akes them feel more im"ortant to be "rayed over in $atin 1eAuiem mass
2ra"e wee"ers Blackedged note"a"er !our name on the altarlist 2hilly
"lace this Dant to feed well, sitting in there all the morning in the
gloom kicking his heels waiting for the neEt "lease Eyes of a toad too
Dhat swells him u" that wayC =olly gets swelled after cabbage &ir of
the "lace maybe $ooks full u" of bad gas =ust be an infernal lot
of bad gas round the "lace Butchers, for instance% they get like raw
beefsteaks Dho was telling meC =ervyn Browne 'own in the vaults of
saint DerburghBs lovely old organ hundred and fifty they have to bore a
hole in the coffins sometimes to let out the bad gas and burn it 5ut it
rushes% blue 5ne whiff of that and youBre a goner
=y kneeca" is hurting me 5w ThatBs better
The "riest took a stick with a knob at the end of it out of the boyBs
bucket and shook it over the coffin Then he walked to the other end and
shook it again Then he came back and "ut it back in the bucket &s you
were before you rested 3tBs all written down% he has to do it
?##Et ne nos inducas in tentationem?
The server "i"ed the answers in the treble 3 often thought it would be
better to have boy servants U" to fifteen or so &fter that, of course

:oly water that was, 3 eE"ect 4haking slee" out of it :e must be fed
u" with that job, shaking that thing over all the cor"ses they trot u"
Dhat harm if he could see what he was shaking it over Every mortal
day a fresh batch% middleaged men, old women, children, women dead in
childbirth, men with beards, baldheaded businessmen, consum"tive girls
with little s"arrowsB breasts &ll the year round he "rayed the same
thing over them all and shook water on to" of them% slee" 5n 'ignam
?##3n "aradisum?
4aid he was going to "aradise or is in "aradise 4ays that over
everybody Tiresome kind of a job But he has to say something
The "riest closed his book and went off, followed by the server 2orny
<elleher o"ened the sidedoors and the gravediggers came in, hoisted the
coffin again, carried it out and shoved it on their cart 2orny <elleher
gave one wreath to the boy and one to the brother#in#law &ll followed
them out of the sidedoors into the mild grey air =r Bloom came last
folding his "a"er again into his "ocket :e ga>ed gravely at the ground
till the coffincart wheeled off to the left The metal wheels ground the
gravel with a shar" grating cry and the "ack of blunt boots followed the
trundled barrow along a lane of se"ulchres
The ree the ra the ree the ra the roo $ord, 3 mustnBt lilt here
##The 5B2onnell circle, =r 'edalus said about him
=r PowerBs soft eyes went u" to the a"eE of the lofty cone
##:eBs at rest, he said, in the middle of his "eo"le, old 'an 5B But
his heart is buried in 1ome :ow many broken hearts are buried here,
##:er grave is over there, Jack, =r 'edalus said 3Bll soon be stretched
beside her $et :im take me whenever :e likes
Breaking down, he began to wee" to himself Auietly, stumbling a little
in his walk =r Power took his arm
##4heBs better where she is, he said kindly
##3 su""ose so, =r 'edalus said with a weak gas" 3 su""ose she is in
heaven if there is a heaven
2orny <elleher ste""ed aside from his rank and allowed the mourners to
"lod by
##4ad occasions, =r <ernan began "olitely
=r Bloom closed his eyes and sadly twice bowed his head
##The others are "utting on their hats, =r <ernan said 3 su""ose we can
do so too De are the last This cemetery is a treacherous "lace
They covered their heads
##The reverend gentleman read the service too Auickly, donBt you thinkC
=r <ernan said with re"roof
=r Bloom nodded gravely looking in the Auick bloodshot eyes 4ecret
eyes, secretsearching =ason, 3 think% not sure Beside him again De
are the last 3n the same boat :o"e heBll say something else
=r <ernan added%
##The service of the 3rish church used in =ount Jerome is sim"ler, more
im"ressive 3 must say
=r Bloom gave "rudent assent The language of course was another thing
=r <ernan said with solemnity%
##?3 am the resurrection and the life? That touches a manBs inmost
##3t does, =r Bloom said
!our heart "erha"s but what "rice the fellow in the siE feet by two
with his toes to the daisiesC ;o touching that 4eat of the affections
Broken heart & "um" after all, "um"ing thousands of gallons of blood
every day 5ne fine day it gets bunged u"% and there you are $ots of
them lying around here% lungs, hearts, livers 5ld rusty "um"s% damn
the thing else The resurrection and the life 5nce you are dead you are
dead That last day idea <nocking them all u" out of their graves 2ome
forth, $a>arus@ &nd he came fifth and lost the job Get u"@ $ast day@
Then every fellow mousing around for his liver and his lights and the
rest of his tra"s 9ind damn all of himself that morning Pennyweight of
"owder in a skull Twelve grammes one "ennyweight Troy measure
2orny <elleher fell into ste" at their side
##Everything went off &(, he said DhatC
:e looked on them from his drawling eye PolicemanBs shoulders Dith
your tooraloom tooraloom
##&s it should be, =r <ernan said
##DhatC EhC 2orny <elleher said
=r <ernan assured him
##Dho is that cha" behind with Tom <ernanC John :enry =enton asked 3
know his face
;ed $ambert glanced back
##Bloom, he said, =adame =arion Tweedy that was, is, 3 mean, the
so"rano 4heBs his wife
##5, to be sure, John :enry =enton said 3 havenBt seen her for some
time :e was a finelooking woman 3 danced with her, wait, fifteen
seventeen golden years ago, at =at 'illonBs in 1oundtown &nd a good
armful she was
:e looked behind through the others
##Dhat is heC he asked Dhat does he doC DasnBt he in the stationery
lineC 3 fell foul of him one evening, 3 remember, at bowls
;ed $ambert smiled
##!es, he was, he said, in Disdom :elyBs & traveller for blotting"a"er
##3n GodBs name, John :enry =enton said, what did she marry a coon like
that forC 4he had "lenty of game in her then
##:as still, ;ed $ambert said :e does some canvassing for ads
John :enry =entonBs large eyes stared ahead
The barrow turned into a side lane & "ortly man, ambushed among the
grasses, raised his hat in homage The gravediggers touched their ca"s
##John 5B2onnell, =r Power said "leased :e never forgets a friend
=r 5B2onnell shook all their hands in silence =r 'edalus said%
##3 am come to "ay you another visit
##=y dear 4imon, the caretaker answered in a low voice 3 donBt want
your custom at all
4aluting ;ed $ambert and John :enry =enton he walked on at =artin
2unninghamBs side "u>>ling two long keys at his back
##'id you hear that one, he asked them, about =ulcahy from the 2oombeC
##3 did not, =artin 2unningham said
They bent their silk hats in concert and :ynes inclined his ear The
caretaker hung his thumbs in the loo"s of his gold watchchain and s"oke
in a discreet tone to their vacant smiles
##They tell the story, he said, that two drunks came out here one foggy
evening to look for the grave of a friend of theirs They asked for
=ulcahy from the 2oombe and were told where he was buried &fter
trai"sing about in the fog they found the grave sure enough 5ne of the
drunks s"elt out the name% Terence =ulcahy The other drunk was blinking
u" at a statue of 5ur 4aviour the widow had got "ut u"
The caretaker blinked u" at one of the se"ulchres they "assed :e
##&nd, after blinking u" at the sacred figure, ?;ot a bloody bit like
the man?, says he ?ThatBs not =ulcahy?, says he, ?whoever done it?
1ewarded by smiles he fell back and s"oke with 2orny <elleher, acce"ting
the dockets given him, turning them over and scanning them as he walked
##ThatBs all done with a "ur"ose, =artin 2unningham eE"lained to :ynes
##3 know, :ynes said 3 know that
##To cheer a fellow u", =artin 2unningham said 3tBs "ure
goodheartedness% damn the thing else
=r Bloom admired the caretakerBs "ros"erous bulk &ll want to be on good
terms with him 'ecent fellow, John 5B2onnell, real good sort <eys%
like <eyesBs ad% no fear of anyone getting out ;o "assout checks
?:abeas cor"us? 3 must see about that ad after the funeral 'id 3
write Ballsbridge on the envelo"e 3 took to cover when she disturbed me
writing to =arthaC :o"e itBs not chucked in the dead letter office Be
the better of a shave Grey s"routing beard ThatBs the first sign when
the hairs come out grey &nd tem"er getting cross 4ilver threads among
the grey 9ancy being his wife Donder he had the gum"tion to "ro"ose to
any girl 2ome out and live in the graveyard 'angle that before her 3t
might thrill her first 2ourting death 4hades of night hovering
here with all the dead stretched about The shadows of the tombs when
churchyards yawn and 'aniel 5B2onnell must be a descendant 3 su""ose
who is this used to say he was a Aueer breedy man great catholic all the
same like a big giant in the dark Dill oB the wis" Gas of graves
Dant to kee" her mind off it to conceive at all Domen es"ecially are so
touchy Tell her a ghost story in bed to make her slee" :ave you ever
seen a ghostC Dell, 3 have 3t was a "itchdark night The clock was on
the stroke of twelve 4till theyBd kiss all right if "ro"erly keyed u"
Dhores in Turkish graveyards $earn anything if taken young !ou might
"ick u" a young widow here =en like that $ove among the tombstones
1omeo 4"ice of "leasure 3n the midst of death we are in life Both
ends meet Tantalising for the "oor dead 4mell of grilled beefsteaks to
the starving Gnawing their vitals 'esire to grig "eo"le =olly wanting
to do it at the window Eight children he has anyway
:e has seen a fair share go under in his time, lying around him field
after field :oly fields =ore room if they buried them standing
4itting or kneeling you couldnBt 4tandingC :is head might come u" some
day above ground in a landsli" with his hand "ointing &ll honeycombed
the ground must be% oblong cells &nd very neat he kee"s it too% trim
grass and edgings :is garden =ajor Gamble calls =ount Jerome Dell,
so it is 5ught to be flowers of slee" 2hinese cemeteries with giant
"o""ies growing "roduce the best o"ium =astiansky told me The Botanic
Gardens are just over there 3tBs the blood sinking in the earth gives
new life 4ame idea those jews they said killed the christian boy Every
man his "rice Dell "reserved fat cor"se, gentleman, e"icure, invaluable
for fruit garden & bargain By carcass of Dilliam Dilkinson, auditor
and accountant, lately deceased, three "ounds thirteen and siE Dith
3 daresay the soil would be Auite fat with cor"semanure, bones, flesh,
nails 2harnelhouses 'readful Turning green and "ink decom"osing 1ot
Auick in dam" earth The lean old ones tougher Then a kind of a tallowy
kind of a cheesy Then begin to get black, black treacle oo>ing out of
them Then dried u" 'eathmoths 5f course the cells or whatever they
are go on living 2hanging about $ive for ever "ractically ;othing to
feed on feed on themselves
But they must breed a devil of a lot of maggots 4oil must be sim"ly
swirling with them !our head it sim"ly swurls Those "retty little
seaside gurls :e looks cheerful enough over it Gives him a sense of
"ower seeing all the others go under first Donder how he looks at life
2racking his jokes too% warms the cockles of his heart The one about
the bulletin 4"urgeon went to heaven . am this morning (( "m
Kclosing timeL ;ot arrived yet Peter The dead themselves the men
anyhow would like to hear an odd joke or the women to know whatBs in
fashion & juicy "ear or ladiesB "unch, hot, strong and sweet <ee"
out the dam" !ou must laugh sometimes so better do it that way
Gravediggers in ?:amlet? 4hows the "rofound knowledge of the human
heart 'arenBt joke about the dead for two years at least ?'e mortuis
nil nisi "rius? Go out of mourning first :ard to imagine his funeral
4eems a sort of a joke 1ead your own obituary notice they say you live
longer Gives you second wind ;ew lease of life
##:ow many have#you for tomorrowC the caretaker asked
##Two, 2orny <elleher said :alf ten and eleven
The caretaker "ut the "a"ers in his "ocket The barrow had ceased to
trundle The mourners s"lit and moved to each side of the hole, ste""ing
with care round the graves The gravediggers bore the coffin and set its
nose on the brink, loo"ing the bands round it
Burying him De come to bury 2aesar :is ides of =arch or June :e
doesnBt know who is here nor care ;ow who is that lankylooking galoot
over there in the macintoshC ;ow who is he 3Bd like to knowC ;ow 3Bd
give a trifle to know who he is &lways someone turns u" you never
dreamt of & fellow could live on his lonesome all his life !es, he
could 4till heBd have to get someone to sod him after he died though he
could dig his own grave De all do 5nly man buries ;o, ants too 9irst
thing strikes anybody Bury the dead 4ay 1obinson 2rusoe was true to
life Dell then 9riday buried him Every 9riday buries a Thursday if you
come to look at it
?5, "oor 1obinson 2rusoe@
:ow could you "ossibly do soC?
Poor 'ignam@ :is last lie on the earth in his boE Dhen you think of
them all it does seem a waste of wood &ll gnawed through They could
invent a handsome bier with a kind of "anel sliding, let it down that
way &y but they might object to be buried out of another fellowBs
TheyBre so "articular $ay me in my native earth Bit of clay from
the holy land 5nly a mother and deadborn child ever buried in the one
coffin 3 see what it means 3 see To "rotect him as long as "ossible
even in the earth The 3rishmanBs house is his coffin Embalming in
catacombs, mummies the same idea
=r Bloom stood far back, his hat in his hand, counting the bared heads
Twelve 3Bm thirteen ;o The cha" in the macintosh is thirteen 'eathBs
number Dhere the deuce did he "o" out ofC :e wasnBt in the cha"el, that
3Bll swear 4illy su"erstition that about thirteen
;ice soft tweed ;ed $ambert has in that suit Tinge of "ur"le 3 had
one like that when we lived in $ombard street west 'ressy fellow he was
once Used to change three suits in the day =ust get that grey suit
of mine turned by =esias :ello 3tBs dyed :is wife 3 forgot heBs not
married or his landlady ought to have "icked out those threads for him
The coffin dived out of sight, eased down by the men straddled on the
gravetrestles They struggled u" and out% and all uncovered Twenty
3f we were all suddenly somebody else
9ar away a donkey brayed 1ain ;o such ass ;ever see a dead one, they
say 4hame of death They hide &lso "oor "a"a went away
Gentle sweet air blew round the bared heads in a whis"er Dhis"er The
boy by the gravehead held his wreath with both hands staring Auietly in
the black o"en s"ace =r Bloom moved behind the "ortly kindly caretaker
Dellcut frockcoat Deighing them u" "erha"s to see which will go neEt
Dell, it is a long rest 9eel no more 3tBs the moment you feel =ust be
damned un"leasant 2anBt believe it at first =istake must be% someone
else Try the house o""osite Dait, 3 wanted to 3 havenBt yet Then
darkened deathchamber $ight they want Dhis"ering around you Dould you
like to see a "riestC Then rambling and wandering 'elirium all you hid
all your life The death struggle :is slee" is not natural Press his
lower eyelid Datching is his nose "ointed is his jaw sinking are the
soles of his feet yellow Pull the "illow away and finish it off on the
floor since heBs doomed 'evil in that "icture of sinnerBs death showing
him a woman 'ying to embrace her in his shirt $ast act of ?$ucia
4hall i nevermore behold thee?C Bam@ :e eE"ires Gone at last Peo"le
talk about you a bit% forget you 'onBt forget to "ray for him 1emember
him in your "rayers Even Parnell 3vy day dying out Then they follow%
dro""ing into a hole, one after the other
De are "raying now for the re"ose of his soul :o"ing youBre well and
not in hell ;ice change of air 5ut of the frying"an of life into the
fire of "urgatory
'oes he ever think of the hole waiting for himselfC They say you do when
you shiver in the sun 4omeone walking over it 2allboyBs warning ;ear
you =ine over there towards 9inglas, the "lot 3 bought =amma, "oor
mamma, and little 1udy
The gravediggers took u" their s"ades and flung heavy clods of clay in
on the coffin =r Bloom turned away his face &nd if he was alive all
the timeC Dhew@ By jingo, that would be awful@ ;o, no% he is dead, of
course 5f course he is dead =onday he died They ought to have
some law to "ierce the heart and make sure or an electric clock or
a tele"hone in the coffin and some kind of a canvas airhole 9lag of
distress Three days 1ather long to kee" them in summer Just as well
to get shut of them as soon as you are sure thereBs no
The clay fell softer Begin to be forgotten 5ut of sight, out of mind
The caretaker moved away a few "aces and "ut on his hat :ad enough of
it The mourners took heart of grace, one by one, covering themselves
without show =r Bloom "ut on his hat and saw the "ortly figure make its
way deftly through the ma>e of graves Guietly, sure of his ground, he
traversed the dismal fields
:ynes jotting down something in his notebook &h, the names But he
knows them all ;o% coming to me
##3 am just taking the names, :ynes said below his breath Dhat is your
christian nameC 3Bm not sure
##$, =r Bloom said $eo"old &nd you might "ut down =B2oyBs name too :e
asked me to
##2harley, :ynes said writing 3 know :e was on the ?9reeman? once
4o he was before he got the job in the morgue under $ouis Byrne Good
idea a "ostmortem for doctors 9ind out what they imagine they know
:e died of a Tuesday Got the run $evanted with the cash of a few ads
2harley, youBre my darling That was why he asked me to 5 well, does
no harm 3 saw to that, =B2oy Thanks, old cha"% much obliged $eave him
under an obligation% costs nothing
##&nd tell us, :ynes said, do you know that fellow in the, fellow was
over there in the
:e looked around
##=acintosh !es, 3 saw him, =r Bloom said Dhere is he nowC
##=B3ntosh, :ynes said scribbling 3 donBt know who he is 3s that his
:e moved away, looking about him
##;o, =r Bloom began, turning and sto""ing 3 say, :ynes@
'idnBt hear DhatC Dhere has he disa""eared toC ;ot a sign Dell of all
the :as anybody here seenC <ay ee double ell Become invisible Good
$ord, what became of himC
& seventh gravedigger came beside =r Bloom to take u" an idle s"ade
##5, eEcuse me@
:e ste""ed aside nimbly
2lay, brown, dam", began to be seen in the hole 3t rose ;early over
& mound of dam" clods rose more, rose, and the gravediggers rested their
s"ades &ll uncovered again for a few instants The boy "ro""ed
his wreath against a corner% the brother#in#law his on a lum" The
gravediggers "ut on their ca"s and carried their earthy s"ades towards
the barrow Then knocked the blades lightly on the turf% clean 5ne bent
to "luck from the haft a long tuft of grass 5ne, leaving his mates,
walked slowly on with shouldered wea"on, its blade blueglancing
4ilently at the gravehead another coiled the coffinband :is navelcord
The brother#in#law, turning away, "laced something in his free hand
Thanks in silence 4orry, sir% trouble :eadshake 3 know that 9or
yourselves just
The mourners moved away slowly without aim, by devious "aths, staying at
whiles to read a name on a tomb
##$et us go round by the chiefBs grave, :ynes said De have time
##$et us, =r Power said
They turned to the right, following their slow thoughts Dith awe =r
PowerBs blank voice s"oke%
##4ome say he is not in that grave at all That the coffin was filled
with stones That one day he will come again
:ynes shook his head
##Parnell will never come again, he said :eBs there, all that was
mortal of him Peace to his ashes
=r Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses,
broken "illars, family vaults, stone ho"es "raying with u"cast eyes,
old 3relandBs hearts and hands =ore sensible to s"end the money on some
charity for the living Pray for the re"ose of the soul of 'oes anybody
reallyC Plant him and have done with him $ike down a coalshoot Then
lum" them together to save time &ll soulsB day Twentyseventh 3Bll be
at his grave Ten shillings for the gardener :e kee"s it free of weeds
5ld man himself Bent down double with his shears cli""ing ;ear deathBs
door Dho "assed away Dho de"arted this life &s if they did it of
their own accord Got the shove, all of them Dho kicked the
bucket =ore interesting if they told you what they were 4o and 4o,
wheelwright 3 travelled for cork lino 3 "aid five shillings in the
"ound 5r a womanBs with her sauce"an 3 cooked good 3rish stew
Eulogy in a country churchyard it ought to be that "oem of whose is it
Dordsworth or Thomas 2am"bell Entered into rest the "rotestants "ut it
5ld 'r =urrenBs The great "hysician called him home Dell itBs GodBs
acre for them ;ice country residence ;ewly "lastered and "ainted
3deal s"ot to have a Auiet smoke and read the ?2hurch Times? =arriage
ads they never try to beautify 1usty wreaths hung on knobs, garlands of
bron>efoil Better value that for the money 4till, the flowers are more
"oetical The other gets rather tiresome, never withering EE"resses
nothing 3mmortelles
& bird sat tamely "erched on a "o"lar branch $ike stuffed $ike the
wedding "resent alderman :oo"er gave us :oo@ ;ot a budge out of him
<nows there are no cata"ults to let fly at him 'ead animal even sadder
4illy#=illy burying the little dead bird in the kitchen matchboE, a
daisychain and bits of broken chainies on the grave
The 4acred :eart that is% showing it :eart on his sleeve 5ught to be
sideways and red it should be "ainted like a real heart 3reland was
dedicated to it or whatever that 4eems anything but "leased Dhy this
inflictionC Dould birds come then and "eck like the boy with the basket
of fruit but he said no because they ought to have been afraid of the
boy &"ollo that was
:ow many@ &ll these here once walked round 'ublin 9aithful de"arted &s
you are now so once were we
Besides how could you remember everybodyC Eyes, walk, voice Dell, the
voice, yes% gramo"hone :ave a gramo"hone in every grave or kee" it in
the house &fter dinner on a 4unday Put on "oor old greatgrandfather
<raahraark@ :ellohellohello amawfullyglad kraark awfullygladaseeagain
hellohello amawf kr"thsth 1emind you of the voice like the "hotogra"h
reminds you of the face 5therwise you couldnBt remember the face after
fifteen years, say 9or instance whoC 9or instance some fellow that died
when 3 was in Disdom :elyBs
1tststr@ & rattle of "ebbles Dait 4to"@
:e looked down intently into a stone cry"t 4ome animal Dait There he
&n obese grey rat toddled along the side of the cry"t, moving the
"ebbles &n old stager% greatgrandfather% he knows the ro"es The grey
alive crushed itself in under the "linth, wriggled itself in under it
Good hiding"lace for treasure
Dho lives thereC &re laid the remains of 1obert Emery 1obert Emmet was
buried here by torchlight, wasnBt heC =aking his rounds
Tail gone now
5ne of those cha"s would make short work of a fellow Pick the bones
clean no matter who it was 5rdinary meat for them & cor"se is meat
gone bad Dell and whatBs cheeseC 2or"se of milk 3 read in that
?Hoyages in 2hina? that the 2hinese say a white man smells like a
cor"se 2remation better Priests dead against it 'evilling for the
other firm Dholesale burners and 'utch oven dealers Time of the
"lague Guicklime fever"its to eat them $ethal chamber &shes to ashes
5r bury at sea Dhere is that Parsee tower of silenceC Eaten by birds
Earth, fire, water 'rowning they say is the "leasantest 4ee your whole
life in a flash But being brought back to life no 2anBt bury in the
air however 5ut of a flying machine Donder does the news go about
whenever a fresh one is let down Underground communication De learned
that from them DouldnBt be sur"rised 1egular sAuare feed for them
9lies come before heBs well dead Got wind of 'ignam They wouldnBt care
about the smell of it 4altwhite crumbling mush of cor"se% smell, taste
like raw white turni"s
The gates glimmered in front% still o"en Back to the world again
Enough of this "lace Brings you a bit nearer every time $ast time 3
was here was =rs 4inicoBs funeral Poor "a"a too The love that kills
&nd even scra"ing u" the earth at night with a lantern like that case
3 read of to get at fresh buried females or even "utrefied with running
gravesores Give you the cree"s after a bit 3 will a""ear to you after
death !ou will see my ghost after death =y ghost will haunt you after
death There is another world after death named hell 3 do not like that
other world she wrote ;o more do 3 Plenty to see and hear and feel
yet 9eel live warm beings near you $et them slee" in their maggoty
beds They are not going to get me this innings Darm beds% warm
fullblooded life
=artin 2unningham emerged from a side"ath, talking gravely
4olicitor, 3 think 3 know his face =enton, John :enry, solicitor,
commissioner for oaths and affidavits 'ignam used to be in his office
=at 'illonBs long ago Jolly =at 2onvivial evenings 2old fowl, cigars,
the Tantalus glasses :eart of gold really !es, =enton Got his rag out
that evening on the bowlinggreen because 3 sailed inside him Pure fluke
of mine% the bias Dhy he took such a rooted dislike to me :ate
at first sight =olly and 9loey 'illon linked under the lilactree,
laughing 9ellow always like that, mortified if women are by
Got a dinge in the side of his hat 2arriage "robably
##EEcuse me, sir, =r Bloom said beside them
They sto""ed
##!our hat is a little crushed, =r Bloom said "ointing
John :enry =enton stared at him for an instant without moving
##There, =artin 2unningham hel"ed, "ointing also John :enry =enton took
off his hat, bulged out the dinge and smoothed the na" with care on his
coatsleeve :e cla""ed the hat on his head again
##3tBs all right now, =artin 2unningham said
John :enry =enton jerked his head down in acknowledgment
##Thank you, he said shortly
They walked on towards the gates =r Bloom, cha"fallen, drew behind
a few "aces so as not to overhear =artin laying down the law =artin
could wind a sa""yhead like that round his little finger, without his
seeing it
5yster eyes ;ever mind Be sorry after "erha"s when it dawns on him
Get the "ull over him that way
Thank you :ow grand we are this morning@
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Before ;elsonBs "illar trams slowed, shunted, changed trolley, started
for Blackrock, <ingstown and 'alkey, 2lonskea, 1athgar and Terenure,
Palmerston Park and u""er 1athmines, 4andymount Green, 1athmines,
1ingsend and 4andymount Tower, :aroldBs 2ross The hoarse 'ublin United
Tramway 2om"anyBs timekee"er bawled them off%
##1athgar and Terenure@
##2ome on, 4andymount Green@
1ight and left "arallel clanging ringing a doubledecker and a singledeck
moved from their railheads, swerved to the down line, glided "arallel
##4tart, Palmerston Park@
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Under the "orch of the general "ost office shoeblacks called and
"olished Parked in ;orth PrinceBs street :is =ajestyBs vermilion
mailcars, bearing on their sides the royal initials, E 1, received
loudly flung sacks of letters, "ostcards, lettercards, "arcels, insured
and "aid, for local, "rovincial, British and overseas delivery
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Grossbooted draymen rolled barrels dullthudding out of PrinceBs stores
and bum"ed them u" on the brewery float 5n the brewery float bum"ed
dullthudding barrels rolled by grossbooted draymen out of PrinceBs
##There it is, 1ed =urray said &leEander <eyes
##Just cut it out, will youC =r Bloom said, and 3Bll take it round to
the ?Telegra"h? office
The door of 1uttledgeBs office creaked again 'avy 4te"hens, minute in a
large ca"ecoat, a small felt hat crowning his ringlets, "assed out with
a roll of "a"ers under his ca"e, a kingBs courier
1ed =urrayBs long shears sliced out the advertisement from the news"a"er
in four clean strokes 4cissors and "aste
##3Bll go through the "rintingworks, =r Bloom said, taking the cut
##5f course, if he wants a "ar, 1ed =urray said earnestly, a "en behind
his ear, we can do him one
##1ight, =r Bloom said with a nod 3Bll rub that in
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1ed =urray touched =r BloomBs arm with the shears and whis"ered%
=r Bloom turned and saw the liveried "orter raise his lettered ca" as a
stately figure entered between the newsboards of the ?Deekly 9reeman
and ;ational Press? and the ?9reemanBs Journal and ;ational Press?
'ullthudding GuinnessBs barrels 3t "assed statelily u" the staircase,
steered by an umbrella, a solemn beardframed face The broadcloth back
ascended each ste"% back &ll his brains are in the na"e of his neck,
4imon 'edalus says Delts of flesh behind on him 9at folds of neck,
fat, neck, fat, neck
##'onBt you think his face is like 5ur 4aviourC 1ed =urray whis"ered
The door of 1uttledgeBs office whis"ered% ee% cree They always build
one door o""osite another for the wind to Day in Day out
5ur 4aviour% beardframed oval face% talking in the dusk =ary, =artha
4teered by an umbrella sword to the footlights% =ario the tenor
##5r like =ario, =r Bloom said
##!es, 1ed =urray agreed But =ario was said to be the "icture of 5ur
Jesusmario with rougy cheeks, doublet and s"indle legs :and on his
heart 3n ?=artha?
?2o#ome thou lost one,
2o#ome thou dear one@?
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##:is grace "honed down twice this morning, 1ed =urray said gravely
They watched the knees, legs, boots vanish ;eck
& telegram boy ste""ed in nimbly, threw an envelo"e on the counter and
ste""ed off "osthaste with a word%
=r Bloom said slowly%
##Dell, he is one of our saviours also
& meek smile accom"anied him as he lifted the counterfla", as he "assed
in through a sidedoor and along the warm dark stairs and "assage,
along the now reverberating boards But will he save the circulationC
Thum"ing Thum"ing
:e "ushed in the glass swingdoor and entered, ste""ing over strewn
"acking "a"er Through a lane of clanking drums he made his way towards
;annettiBs reading closet
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:ynes here too% account of the funeral "robably Thum"ing Thum" This
morning the remains of the late =r Patrick 'ignam =achines 4mash a man
to atoms if they got him caught 1ule the world today :is machineries
are "egging away too $ike these, got out of hand% fermenting Dorking
away, tearing away &nd that old grey rat tearing to get in
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=r Bloom halted behind the foremanBs s"are body, admiring a glossy
4trange he never saw his real country 3reland my country =ember for
2ollege green :e boomed that workaday worker tack for all it was worth
3tBs the ads and side features sell a weekly, not the stale news in the
official ga>ette Gueen &nne is dead Published by authority in the year
one thousand and 'emesne situate in the townland of 1osenallis, barony
of Tinnahinch To all whom it may concern schedule "ursuant to statute
showing return of number of mules and jennets eE"orted from Ballina
;ature notes 2artoons Phil BlakeBs weekly Pat and Bull story Uncle
TobyBs "age for tiny tots 2ountry bum"kinBs Aueries 'ear =r Editor,
what is a good cure for flatulenceC 3Bd like that "art $earn a lot
teaching others The "ersonal note = & P =ainly all "ictures
4ha"ely bathers on golden strand DorldBs biggest balloon 'ouble
marriage of sisters celebrated Two bridegrooms laughing heartily at
each other 2u"rani too, "rinter =ore 3rish than the 3rish
The machines clanked in threefour time Thum", thum", thum" ;ow if he
got "aralysed there and no#one knew how to sto" them theyBd clank on and
on the same, "rint it over and over and u" and back =onkeydoodle the
whole thing Dant a cool head
##Dell, get it into the evening edition, councillor, :ynes said
4oon be calling him my lord mayor $ong John is backing him, they say
The foreman, without answering, scribbled "ress on a corner of the sheet
and made a sign to a ty"esetter :e handed the sheet silently over the
dirty glass screen
##1ight% thanks, :ynes said moving off
=r Bloom stood in his way
##3f you want to draw the cashier is just going to lunch, he said,
"ointing backward with his thumb
##'id youC :ynes asked
##=m, =r Bloom said $ook shar" and youBll catch him
##Thanks, old man, :ynes said 3Bll ta" him too
:e hurried on eagerly towards the ?9reemanBs Journal?
Three bob 3 lent him in =eagherBs Three weeks Third hint
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=r Bloom laid his cutting on =r ;annettiBs desk
##EEcuse me, councillor, he said This ad, you see <eyes, you rememberC
=r ;annetti considered the cutting awhile and nodded
##:e wants it in for July, =r Bloom said
The foreman moved his "encil towards it
##But wait, =r Bloom said :e wants it changed <eyes, you see :e wants
two keys at the to"
:ell of a racket they make :e doesnBt hear it ;annan 3ron nerves
=aybe he understands what 3
The foreman turned round to hear "atiently and, lifting an elbow, began
to scratch slowly in the arm"it of his al"aca jacket
##$ike that, =r Bloom said, crossing his forefingers at the to"
$et him take that in first
=r Bloom, glancing sideways u" from the cross he had made, saw the
foremanBs sallow face, think he has a touch of jaundice, and beyond the
obedient reels feeding in huge webs of "a"er 2lank it 2lank it =iles
of it unreeled Dhat becomes of it afterC 5, wra" u" meat, "arcels%
various uses, thousand and one things
4li""ing his words deftly into the "auses of the clanking he drew
swiftly on the scarred woodwork
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##$ike that, see Two crossed keys here & circle Then here the name
&leEander <eyes, tea, wine and s"irit merchant 4o on
Better not teach him his own business
##!ou know yourself, councillor, just what he wants Then round the to"
in leaded% the house of keys !ou seeC 'o you think thatBs a good ideaC
The foreman moved his scratching hand to his lower ribs and scratched
there Auietly
##The idea, =r Bloom said, is the house of keys !ou know, councillor,
the =anE "arliament 3nnuendo of home rule Tourists, you know, from the
isle of =an 2atches the eye, you see 2an you do thatC
3 could ask him "erha"s about how to "ronounce that ?voglio? But then
if he didnBt know only make it awkward for him Better not
##De can do that, the foreman said :ave you the designC
##3 can get it, =r Bloom said 3t was in a <ilkenny "a"er :e has a
house there too 3Bll just run out and ask him Dell, you can do that
and just a little "ar calling attention !ou know the usual :ighclass
licensed "remises $ongfelt want 4o on
The foreman thought for an instant
##De can do that, he said $et him give us a three monthsB renewal
& ty"esetter brought him a lim" galley"age :e began to check it
silently =r Bloom stood by, hearing the loud throbs of cranks, watching
the silent ty"esetters at their cases
Dant to be sure of his s"elling Proof fever =artin 2unningham forgot
to give us his s"ellingbee conundrum this morning 3t is amusing to view
the un"ar one ar alleled embarra two ars is itC double ess ment of a
harassed "edlar while gauging au the symmetry with a y of a "eeled "ear
under a cemetery wall 4illy, isnBt itC 2emetery "ut in of course on
account of the symmetry
3 should have said when he cla""ed on his to""er Thank you 3 ought
to have said something about an old hat or something ;o 3 could have
said $ooks as good as new now 4ee his "hi> then
4llt The nethermost deck of the first machine jogged forward its
flyboard with sllt the first batch of Auirefolded "a"ers 4llt &lmost
human the way it sllt to call attention 'oing its level best to s"eak
That door too sllt creaking, asking to be shut Everything s"eaks in its
own way 4llt
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The foreman handed back the galley"age suddenly, saying%
##Dait DhereBs the archbisho"Bs letterC 3tBs to be re"eated in the
?Telegra"h? DhereBs whatBs his nameC
:e looked about him round his loud unanswering machines
##=onks, sirC a voice asked from the castingboE
##&y DhereBs =onksC
=r Bloom took u" his cutting Time to get out
##Then 3Bll get the design, =r ;annetti, he said, and youBll give it a
good "lace 3 know
##!es, sir
Three monthsB renewal Dant to get some wind off my chest first Try it
anyhow 1ub in &ugust% good idea% horseshow month Ballsbridge Tourists
over for the show
& '&!9&T:E1
:e walked on through the caseroom "assing an old man, bowed, s"ectacled,
a"roned 5ld =onks, the dayfather Gueer lot of stuff he must have "ut
through his hands in his time% obituary notices, "ubsB ads, s"eeches,
divorce suits, found drowned ;earing the end of his tether now 4ober
serious man with a bit in the savingsbank 3Bd say Dife a good cook and
washer 'aughter working the machine in the "arlour Plain Jane, no damn
nonsense &;' 3T D&4 T:E 9E&4T 59 T:E P&445HE1
:e stayed in his walk to watch a ty"esetter neatly distributing ty"e
1eads it backwards first Guickly he does it =ust reAuire some "ractice
that mangi' kcirtaP Poor "a"a with his hagadah book, reading backwards
with his finger to me Pessach ;eEt year in Jerusalem 'ear, 5 dear@
&ll that long business about that brought us out of the land of Egy"t
and into the house of bondage ?&lleluia 4hema 3srael &donai Elohenu?
;o, thatBs the other Then the twelve brothers, JacobBs sons &nd then
the lamb and the cat and the dog and the stick and the water and the
butcher &nd then the angel of death kills the butcher and he kills the
oE and the dog kills the cat 4ounds a bit silly till you come to look
into it well Justice it means but itBs everybody eating everyone else
ThatBs what life is after all :ow Auickly he does that job Practice
makes "erfect 4eems to see with his fingers
=r Bloom "assed on out of the clanking noises through the gallery on to
the landing ;ow am 3 going to tram it out all the way and then catch
him out "erha"s Better "hone him u" first ;umberC !es 4ame as
2itronBs house Twentyeight Twentyeight double four
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:e went down the house staircase Dho the deuce scrawled all over those
walls with matchesC $ooks as if they did it for a bet :eavy greasy
smell there always is in those works $ukewarm glue in ThomBs neEt door
when 3 was there
:e took out his handkerchief to dab his nose 2itronlemonC &h, the soa"
3 "ut there $ose it out of that "ocket Putting back his handkerchief
he took out the soa" and stowed it away, buttoned, into the hi" "ocket
of his trousers
Dhat "erfume does your wife useC 3 could go home still% tram% something
3 forgot Just to see% before% dressing ;o :ere ;o
& sudden screech of laughter came from the ?Evening Telegra"h? office
<now who that is DhatBs u"C Po" in a minute to "hone ;ed $ambert it
:e entered softly
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##The ghost walks, "rofessor =ac:ugh murmured softly, biscuitfully to
the dusty window"ane
=r 'edalus, staring from the em"ty fire"lace at ;ed $ambertBs Aui>>ing
face, asked of it sourly%
##&gonising 2hrist, wouldnBt it give you a heartburn on your arseC
;ed $ambert, seated on the table, read on%
##?5r again, note the meanderings of some "urling rill as it babbles
on its way, thoB Auarrelling with the stony obstacles, to the tumbling
waters of ;e"tuneBs blue domain, Bmid mossy banks, fanned by gentlest
>e"hyrs, "layed on by the glorious sunlight or Bneath the shadows cast
oBer its "ensive bosom by the overarching leafage of the giants of
the forest? Dhat about that, 4imonC he asked over the fringe of his
news"a"er :owBs that for highC
##2hanging his drink, =r 'edalus said
;ed $ambert, laughing, struck the news"a"er on his knees, re"eating%
##?The "ensive bosom and the overarsing leafage? 5 boys@ 5 boys@
##&nd Reno"hon looked u"on =arathon, =r 'edalus said, looking again on
the fire"lace and to the window, and =arathon looked on the sea
##That will do, "rofessor =ac:ugh cried from the window 3 donBt want to
hear any more of the stuff
:e ate off the crescent of water biscuit he had been nibbling and,
hungered, made ready to nibble the biscuit in his other hand
:igh falutin stuff Bladderbags ;ed $ambert is taking a day off 3 see
1ather u"sets a manBs day, a funeral does :e has influence they
say 5ld 2hatterton, the vicechancellor, is his granduncle or his
greatgranduncle 2lose on ninety they say 4ubleader for his death
written this long time "erha"s $iving to s"ite them =ight go first
himself Johnny, make room for your uncle The right honourable :edges
Eyre 2hatterton 'aresay he writes him an odd shaky cheAue or two on
gale days Dindfall when he kicks out &lleluia
##Just another s"asm, ;ed $ambert said
##Dhat is itC =r Bloom asked
##& recently discovered fragment of 2icero, "rofessor =ac:ugh answered
with "om" of tone ?5ur lovely land? 4:51T BUT T5 T:E P53;T
##Dhose landC =r Bloom said sim"ly
##=ost "ertinent Auestion, the "rofessor said between his chews Dith an
accent on the whose
##'an 'awsonBs land =r 'edalus said
##3s it his s"eech last nightC =r Bloom asked
;ed $ambert nodded
##But listen to this, he said
The doorknob hit =r Bloom in the small of the back as the door was
"ushed in
##EEcuse me, J J 5B=olloy said, entering
=r Bloom moved nimbly aside
##3 beg yours, he said
##Good day, Jack
##2ome in 2ome in
##Good day
##:ow are you, 'edalusC
##Dell &nd yourselfC
J J 5B=olloy shook his head
2leverest fellow at the junior bar he used to be 'ecline, "oor cha"
That hectic flush s"ells finis for a man Touch and go with him DhatBs
in the wind, 3 wonder =oney worry
##?5r again if we but climb the serried mountain "eaks?
##!ouBre looking eEtra
##3s the editor to be seenC J J 5B=olloy asked, looking towards the
inner door
##Hery much so, "rofessor =ac:ugh said To be seen and heard :eBs in
his sanctum with $enehan
J J 5B=olloy strolled to the slo"ing desk and began to turn back the
"ink "ages of the file
Practice dwindling & mighthavebeen $osing heart Gambling 'ebts of
honour 1ea"ing the whirlwind Used to get good retainers from ' and T
9it>gerald Their wigs to show the grey matter Brains on their sleeve
like the statue in Glasnevin Believe he does some literary work for the
?EE"ress? with Gabriel 2onroy Dellread fellow =yles 2rawford began
on the ?3nde"endent? 9unny the way those news"a"er men veer about when
they get wind of a new o"ening Deathercocks :ot and cold in the same
breath DouldnBt know which to believe 5ne story good till you hear
the neEt Go for one another baldheaded in the "a"ers and then all blows
over :ail fellow well met the neEt moment
##&h, listen to this for GodB sake, ;ed $ambert "leaded ?5r again if we
but climb the serried mountain "eaks?
##Bombast@ the "rofessor broke in testily Enough of the inflated
##?Peaks?, ;ed $ambert went on, ?towering high on high, to bathe our
souls, as it were?
##Bathe his li"s, =r 'edalus said Blessed and eternal God@ !esC 3s he
taking anything for itC
?##&s Btwere, in the "eerless "anorama of 3relandBs "ortfolio,
unmatched, des"ite their well"raised "rototy"es in other vaunted "ri>e
regions, for very beauty, of bosky grove and undulating "lain and
luscious "astureland of vernal green, stee"ed in the transcendent
translucent glow of our mild mysterious 3rish twilight?
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##The moon, "rofessor =ac:ugh said :e forgot :amlet
?##That mantles the vista far and wide and wait till the glowing orb of
the moon shine forth to irradiate her silver effulgence?
##5@ =r 'edalus cried, giving vent to a ho"eless groan 4hite and
onions@ ThatBll do, ;ed $ife is too short
:e took off his silk hat and, blowing out im"atiently his bushy
moustache, welshcombed his hair with raking fingers
;ed $ambert tossed the news"a"er aside, chuckling with delight &n
instant after a hoarse bark of laughter burst over "rofessor =ac:ughBs
unshaven blacks"ectacled face
##'oughy 'aw@ he cried
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&ll very fine to jeer at it now in cold "rint but it goes down like hot
cake that stuff :e was in the bakery line too, wasnBt heC Dhy they call
him 'oughy 'aw 9eathered his nest well anyhow 'aughter engaged to that
cha" in the inland revenue office with the motor :ooked that nicely
Entertainments 5"en house Big blowout Detheru" always said that Get
a gri" of them by the stomach
The inner door was o"ened violently and a scarlet beaked face, crested
by a comb of feathery hair, thrust itself in The bold blue eyes stared
about them and the harsh voice asked%
##Dhat is itC
##&nd here comes the sham sAuire himself@ "rofessor =ac:ugh said
##Getonouthat, you bloody old "edagogue@ the editor said in recognition
##2ome, ;ed, =r 'edalus said, "utting on his hat 3 must get a drink
after that
##'rink@ the editor cried ;o drinks served before mass
##Guite right too, =r 'edalus said, going out 2ome on, ;ed
;ed $ambert sidled down from the table The editorBs blue eyes roved
towards =r BloomBs face, shadowed by a smile
##Dill you join us, =ylesC ;ed $ambert asked
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##;orth 2ork militia@ the editor cried, striding to the mantel"iece De
won every time@ ;orth 2ork and 4"anish officers@
##Dhere was that, =ylesC ;ed $ambert asked with a reflective glance at
his toeca"s
##3n 5hio@ the editor shouted
##4o it was, begad, ;ed $ambert agreed
Passing out he whis"ered to J J 5B=olloy%
##3nci"ient jigs 4ad case
##5hio@ the editor crowed in high treble from his u"lifted scarlet face
=y 5hio@
##& "erfect cretic@ the "rofessor said $ong, short and long
5, :&1P E5$3&;@
:e took a reel of dental floss from his waistcoat "ocket and, breaking
off a "iece, twanged it smartly between two and two of his resonant
unwashed teeth
##Bingbang, bangbang
=r Bloom, seeing the coast clear, made for the inner door
##Just a moment, =r 2rawford, he said 3 just want to "hone about an ad
:e went in
##Dhat about that leader this eveningC "rofessor =ac:ugh asked, coming
to the editor and laying a firm hand on his shoulder
##ThatBll be all right, =yles 2rawford said more calmly ;ever you fret
:ello, Jack ThatBs all right
##Good day, =yles, J J 5B=olloy said, letting the "ages he held sli"
lim"ly back on the file 3s that 2anada swindle case on todayC
The tele"hone whirred inside
##Twentyeight ;o, twenty 'ouble four !es
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$enehan came out of the inner office with 4P51TB4 tissues
##Dho wants a dead cert for the Gold cu"C he asked 4ce"tre with 5
=adden u"
:e tossed the tissues on to the table
4creams of newsboys barefoot in the hall rushed near and the door was
flung o"en
##:ush, $enehan said 3 hear feetstoo"s
Professor =ac:ugh strode across the room and sei>ed the cringing urchin
by the collar as the others scam"ered out of the hall and down the
ste"s The tissues rustled u" in the draught, floated softly in the air
blue scrawls and under the table came to earth
##3t wasnBt me, sir 3t was the big fellow shoved me, sir
##Throw him out and shut the door, the editor said ThereBs a hurricane
$enehan began to "aw the tissues u" from the floor, grunting as he
stoo"ed twice
##Daiting for the racing s"ecial, sir, the newsboy said 3t was Pat
9arrell shoved me, sir
:e "ointed to two faces "eering in round the doorframe
##:im, sir
##5ut of this with you, "rofessor =ac:ugh said gruffly
:e hustled the boy out and banged the door to
J J 5B=olloy turned the files crackingly over, murmuring, seeking%
##2ontinued on "age siE, column four
##!es, ?Evening Telegra"h? here, =r Bloom "honed from the inner office
3s the bossC !es, ?Telegra"h? To whereC &ha@ Dhich auction rooms
C &ha@ 3 see 1ight 3Bll catch him
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The bell whirred again as he rang off :e came in Auickly and bum"ed
against $enehan who was struggling u" with the second tissue
##?Pardon, monsieur?, $enehan said, clutching him for an instant and
making a grimace
##=y fault, =r Bloom said, suffering his gri" &re you hurtC 3Bm in a
##<nee, $enehan said
:e made a comic face and whined, rubbing his knee%
##The accumulation of the ?anno 'omini?
##4orry, =r Bloom said
:e went to the door and, holding it ajar, "aused J J 5B=olloy sla""ed
the heavy "ages over The noise of two shrill voices, a mouthorgan,
echoed in the bare hallway from the newsboys sAuatted on the doorste"s%
?##De are the boys of DeEford
Dho fought with heart and hand?
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##3Bm just running round to BachelorBs walk, =r Bloom said, about this
ad of <eyesBs Dant to fiE it u" They tell me heBs round there in
:e looked indecisively for a moment at their faces The editor who,
leaning against the mantelshelf, had "ro""ed his head on his hand,
suddenly stretched forth an arm am"ly
##Begone@ he said The world is before you
##Back in no time, =r Bloom said, hurrying out
J J 5B=olloy took the tissues from $enehanBs hand and read them,
blowing them a"art gently, without comment
##:eBll get that advertisement, the "rofessor said, staring through his
blackrimmed s"ectacles over the crossblind $ook at the young scam"s
after him
##4how DhereC $enehan cried, running to the window
& 4T1EET 251TEGE
Both smiled over the crossblind at the file of ca"ering newsboys in =r
BloomBs wake, the last >ig>agging white on the bree>e a mocking kite, a
tail of white bowknots
##$ook at the young guttersni"e behind him hue and cry, $enehan said,
and youBll kick 5, my rib risible@ Taking off his flat s"augs and the
walk 4mall nines 4teal u"on larks
:e began to ma>urka in swift caricature across the floor on sliding
feet "ast the fire"lace to J J 5B=olloy who "laced the tissues in his
receiving hands
##DhatBs thatC =yles 2rawford said with a start Dhere are the other two
##DhoC the "rofessor said, turning TheyBre gone round to the 5val for a
drink Paddy :oo"er is there with Jack :all 2ame over last night
##2ome on then, =yles 2rawford said DhereBs my hatC
:e walked jerkily into the office behind, "arting the vent of his
jacket, jingling his keys in his back "ocket They jingled then in the
air and against the wood as he locked his desk drawer
##:eBs "retty well on, "rofessor =ac:ugh said in a low voice
##4eems to be, J J 5B=olloy said, taking out a cigarettecase in
murmuring meditation, but it is not always as it seems Dho has the most
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:e offered a cigarette to the "rofessor and took one himself $enehan
"rom"tly struck a match for them and lit their cigarettes in turn J J
5B=olloy o"ened his case again and offered it
##?Thanky vous?, $enehan said, hel"ing himself
The editor came from the inner office, a straw hat awry on his brow :e
declaimed in song, "ointing sternly at "rofessor =ac:ugh%
?##BTwas rank and fame that tem"ted thee, BTwas em"ire charmed thy
The "rofessor grinned, locking his long li"s
##EhC !ou bloody old 1oman em"ireC =yles 2rawford said
:e took a cigarette from the o"en case $enehan, lighting it for him
with Auick grace, said%
##4ilence for my brandnew riddle@
##?3m"erium romanum?, J J 5B=olloy said gently 3t sounds nobler than
British or BriEton The word reminds one somehow of fat in the fire
=yles 2rawford blew his first "uff violently towards the ceiling
##ThatBs it, he said De are the fat !ou and 3 are the fat in the fire
De havenBt got the chance of a snowball in hell
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##Dait a moment, "rofessor =ac:ugh said, raising two Auiet claws De
mustnBt be led away by words, by sounds of words De think of 1ome,
im"erial, im"erious, im"erative
:e eEtended elocutionary arms from frayed stained shirtcuffs, "ausing%
##Dhat was their civilisationC Hast, 3 allow% but vile 2loacae% sewers
The Jews in the wilderness and on the mountainto" said% ?3t is meet
to be here $et us build an altar to Jehovah? The 1oman, like the
Englishman who follows in his footste"s, brought to every new shore on
which he set his foot Kon our shore he never set itL only his cloacal
obsession :e ga>ed about him in his toga and he said% ?3t is meet to be
here $et us construct a watercloset?
##Dhich they accordingly did do, $enehan said 5ur old ancient
ancestors, as we read in the first cha"ter of GuinnessBs, were "artial
to the running stream
##They were natureBs gentlemen, J J 5B=olloy murmured But we have
also 1oman law
##&nd Pontius Pilate is its "ro"het, "rofessor =ac:ugh res"onded
##'o you know that story about chief baron PallesC J J 5B=olloy asked
3t was at the royal university dinner Everything was going swimmingly

##9irst my riddle, $enehan said &re you readyC

=r 5B=adden Burke, tall in co"ious grey of 'onegal tweed, came in from
the hallway 4te"hen 'edalus, behind him, uncovered as he entered
##?Entre>, mes enfants@? $enehan cried
##3 escort a su""liant, =r 5B=adden Burke said melodiously !outh led by
EE"erience visits ;otoriety
##:ow do you doC the editor said, holding out a hand 2ome in !our
governor is just goneCCC
$enehan said to all%
##4ilence@ Dhat o"era resembles a railwaylineC 1eflect, "onder,
eEcogitate, re"ly
4te"hen handed over the ty"ed sheets, "ointing to the title and
##DhoC the editor asked
Bit torn off
##=r Garrett 'easy, 4te"hen said
##That old "elters, the editor said Dho tore itC Das he short takenC
?5n swift sail flaming
9rom storm and south
:e comes, "ale vam"ire,
=outh to my mouth?
##Good day, 4te"hen, the "rofessor said, coming to "eer over their
shoulders 9oot and mouthC &re you turnedC
Bullockbefriending bard
4:3;'! 3; DE$$<;5D; 1E4T&U1&;T
##Good day, sir, 4te"hen answered blushing The letter is not mine =r
Garrett 'easy asked me to
##5, 3 know him, =yles 2rawford said, and 3 knew his wife too The
bloodiest old tartar God ever made By Jesus, she had the foot and mouth
disease and no mistake@ The night she threw the sou" in the waiterBs
face in the 4tar and Garter 5ho@
& woman brought sin into the world 9or :elen, the runaway wife of
=enelaus, ten years the Greeks 5B1ourke, "rince of Breffni
##3s he a widowerC 4te"hen asked
##&y, a grass one, =yles 2rawford said, his eye running down the
ty"escri"t Em"erorBs horses :absburg &n 3rishman saved his life on
the ram"arts of Hienna 'onBt you forget@ =aEimilian <arl 5B'onnell,
graf von Tirconnell in 3reland 4ent his heir over to make the king
an &ustrian fieldmarshal now Going to be trouble there one day Dild
geese 5 yes, every time 'onBt you forget that@
##The moot "oint is did he forget it, J J 5B=olloy said Auietly,
turning a horseshoe "a"erweight 4aving "rinces is a thank you job
Professor =ac:ugh turned on him
##&nd if notC he said
##3Bll tell you how it was, =yles 2rawford began & :ungarian it was one
day $54T 2&U4E4
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##De were always loyal to lost causes, the "rofessor said 4uccess for
us is the death of the intellect and of the imagination De were never
loyal to the successful De serve them 3 teach the blatant $atin
language 3 s"eak the tongue of a race the acme of whose mentality is
the maEim% time is money =aterial domination ?'ominus@? $ord@ Dhere is
the s"iritualityC $ord JesusC $ord 4alisburyC & sofa in a westend club
But the Greek@
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& smile of light brightened his darkrimmed eyes, lengthened his long
##The Greek@ he said again ?<yrios@? 4hining word@ The vowels the
4emite and the 4aEon know not ?<yrie@? The radiance of the intellect
3 ought to "rofess Greek, the language of the mind ?<yrie eleison@? The
closetmaker and the cloacamaker will never be lords of our s"irit De
are liege subjects of the catholic chivalry of Euro"e that foundered at
Trafalgar and of the em"ire of the s"irit, not an ?im"erium,? that
went under with the &thenian fleets at &egos"otami !es, yes They went
under Pyrrhus, misled by an oracle, made a last attem"t to retrieve the
fortunes of Greece $oyal to a lost cause
:e strode away from them towards the window
##They went forth to battle, =r 5B=adden Burke said greyly, but they
always fell
##Boohoo@ $enehan we"t with a little noise 5wing to a brick received in
the latter half of the ?matinNe? Poor, "oor, "oor Pyrrhus@
:e whis"ered then near 4te"henBs ear%
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?ThereBs a "onderous "undit =ac:ugh
Dho wears goggles of ebony hue
&s he mostly sees double
To wear them why troubleC
3 canBt see the Joe =iller 2an youC?
3n mourning for 4allust, =ulligan says Dhose mother is beastly dead
=yles 2rawford crammed the sheets into a side"ocket
##ThatBll be all right, he said 3Bll read the rest after ThatBll be
all right
$enehan eEtended his hands in "rotest
##But my riddle@ he said Dhat o"era is like a railwaylineC
##5"eraC =r 5B=adden BurkeBs s"hinE face reriddled
$enehan announced gladly%
##?The 1ose of 2astile? 4ee the whee>eC 1ows of cast steel Gee@
:e "oked =r 5B=adden Burke mildly in the s"leen =r 5B=adden Burke fell
back with grace on his umbrella, feigning a gas"
##:el"@ he sighed 3 feel a strong weakness
$enehan, rising to ti"toe, fanned his face ra"idly with the rustling
The "rofessor, returning by way of the files, swe"t his hand across
4te"henBs and =r 5B=adden BurkeBs loose ties
##Paris, "ast and "resent, he said !ou look like communards
##$ike fellows who had blown u" the Bastile, J J 5B=olloy said in
Auiet mockery 5r was it you shot the lord lieutenant of 9inland between
youC !ou look as though you had done the deed General Bobrikoff
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##De were only thinking about it, 4te"hen said
##&ll the talents, =yles 2rawford said $aw, the classics
##The turf, $enehan "ut in
##$iterature, the "ress
##3f Bloom were here, the "rofessor said The gentle art of
##&nd =adam Bloom, =r 5B=adden Burke added The vocal muse 'ublinBs
"rime favourite
$enehan gave a loud cough
##&hem@ he said very softly 5, for a fresh of breath air@ 3 caught a
cold in the "ark The gate was o"en
!5U 2&; '5 3T@
The editor laid a nervous hand on 4te"henBs shoulder
##3 want you to write something for me, he said 4omething with a bite
in it !ou can do it 3 see it in your face ?3n the leEicon of youth?

4ee it in your face 4ee it in your eye $a>y idle little schemer
##9oot and mouth disease@ the editor cried in scornful invective Great
nationalist meeting in Borris#in#5ssory &ll balls@ Bulldosing the
"ublic@ Give them something with a bite in it Put us all into it, damn
its soul 9ather, 4on and :oly Ghost and Jakes =B2arthy
##De can all su""ly mental "abulum, =r 5B=adden Burke said
4te"hen raised his eyes to the bold unheeding stare
##:e wants you for the "ressgang, J J 5B=olloy said
T:E G1E&T G&$$&:E1
##!ou can do it, =yles 2rawford re"eated, clenching his hand in
em"hasis Dait a minute DeBll "aralyse Euro"e as 3gnatius Gallaher
used to say when he was on the shaughraun, doing billiardmarking in the
2larence Gallaher, that was a "ressman for you That was a "en !ou
know how he made his markC 3Bll tell you That was the smartest "iece of
journalism ever known That was in eightyone, siEth of =ay, time of
the invincibles, murder in the PhoeniE "ark, before you were born, 3
su""ose 3Bll show you
:e "ushed "ast them to the files
##$ook at here, he said turning The ?;ew !ork Dorld? cabled for a
s"ecial 1emember that timeC
Professor =ac:ugh nodded
##?;ew !ork Dorld?, the editor said, eEcitedly "ushing back his straw
hat Dhere it took "lace Tim <elly, or <avanagh 3 mean Joe Brady and
the rest of them Dhere 4kin#the#Goat drove the car Dhole route, seeC
##4kin#the#Goat, =r 5B=adden Burke said 9it>harris :e has that
cabmanBs shelter, they say, down there at Butt bridge :olohan told me
!ou know :olohanC
##:o" and carry one, is itC =yles 2rawford said
##&nd "oor Gumley is down there too, so he told me, minding stones for
the cor"oration & night watchman
4te"hen turned in sur"rise
##GumleyC he said !ou donBt say soC & friend of my fatherBs, is itC
##;ever mind Gumley, =yles 2rawford cried angrily $et Gumley mind
the stones, see they donBt run away $ook at here Dhat did 3gnatius
Gallaher doC 3Bll tell you 3ns"iration of genius 2abled right away
:ave you ?Deekly 9reeman? of (I =archC 1ight :ave you got thatC
:e flung back "ages of the files and stuck his finger on a "oint
##Take "age four, advertisement for BransomeBs coffee, let us say :ave
you got thatC 1ight
The tele"hone whirred
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##3Bll answer it, the "rofessor said, going
##B is "arkgate Good
:is finger lea"ed and struck "oint after "oint, vibrating
##T is viceregal lodge 2 is where murder took "lace < is <nockmaroon
The loose flesh of his neck shook like a cockBs wattles &n illstarched
dicky jutted u" and with a rude gesture he thrust it back into his
##:elloC ?Evening Telegra"h? here :elloC DhoBs thereC !es
!es !es
##9 to P is the route 4kin#the#Goat drove the car for an alibi,
3nchicore, 1oundtown, Dindy &rbour, Palmerston Park, 1anelagh 9&BP
Got thatC R is 'avyBs "ublichouse in u""er $eeson street
The "rofessor came to the inner door
##Bloom is at the tele"hone, he said
##Tell him go to hell, the editor said "rom"tly R is 'avyBs
"ublichouse, seeC 2$EHE1, HE1!
##2lever, $enehan said Hery
##Gave it to them on a hot "late, =yles 2rawford said, the whole bloody
;ightmare from which you will never awake
##3 saw it, the editor said "roudly 3 was "resent 'ick &dams, the
besthearted bloody 2orkman the $ord ever "ut the breath of life in, and
$enehan bowed to a sha"e of air, announcing%
##=adam, 3Bm &dam &nd &ble was 3 ere 3 saw Elba
##:istory@ =yles 2rawford cried The 5ld Doman of PrinceBs street was
there first There was wee"ing and gnashing of teeth over that 5ut of
an advertisement Gregor Grey made the design for it That gave him the
leg u" Then Paddy :oo"er worked Tay Pay who took him on to the ?4tar?
;ow heBs got in with Blumenfeld ThatBs "ress ThatBs talent Pyatt@ :e
was all their daddies@
##The father of scare journalism, $enehan confirmed, and the
brother#in#law of 2hris 2allinan
##:elloC &re you thereC !es, heBs here still 2ome across
##Dhere do you find a "ressman like that now, ehC the editor cried :e
flung the "ages down
##2lamn dever, $enehan said to =r 5B=adden Burke
##Hery smart, =r 5B=adden Burke said
Professor =ac:ugh came from the inner office
##Talking about the invincibles, he said, did you see that some hawkers
were u" before the recorderC
##5 yes, J J 5B=olloy said eagerly $ady 'udley was walking home
through the "ark to see all the trees that were blown down by that
cyclone last year and thought sheBd buy a view of 'ublin &nd it
turned out to be a commemoration "ostcard of Joe Brady or ;umber 5ne or
4kin#the#Goat 1ight outside the viceregal lodge, imagine@
##TheyBre only in the hook and eye de"artment, =yles 2rawford said
Psha@ Press and the bar@ Dhere have you a man now at the bar like those
fellows, like Dhiteside, like 3saac Butt, like silvertongued 5B:agan
EhC &h, bloody nonsense Psha@ 5nly in the half"enny "lace
:is mouth continued to twitch uns"eaking in nervous curls of disdain
Dould anyone wish that mouth for her kissC :ow do you knowC Dhy did you
write it thenC
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=outh, south 3s the mouth south somewayC 5r the south a mouthC =ust be
some 4outh, "out, out, shout, drouth 1hymes% two men dressed the same,
looking the same, two by two
? la tua "ace
che "arlar ti "iace
mentrechN il vento, come fa, si tace?
:e saw them three by three, a""roaching girls, in green, in rose, in
russet, entwining, ?"er lBaer "erso?, in mauve, in "ur"le, ?Auella
"acifica oriafiamma?, gold of oriflamme, ?di rimirar fe "iu ardenti?
But 3 old men, "enitent, leadenfooted, underdarkneath the night% mouth
south% tomb womb
##4"eak u" for yourself, =r 5B=adden Burke said
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J J 5B=olloy, smiling "alely, took u" the gage
##=y dear =yles, he said, flinging his cigarette aside, you "ut a false
construction on my words 3 hold no brief, as at "resent advised, for
the third "rofession Aua "rofession but your 2ork legs are running away
with you Dhy not bring in :enry Grattan and 9lood and 'emosthenes and
Edmund BurkeC 3gnatius Gallaher we all know and his 2ha"eli>od boss,
:armsworth of the farthing "ress, and his &merican cousin of the Bowery
guttersheet not to mention ?Paddy <ellyBs Budget, PueBs 5ccurrences?
and our watchful friend ?The 4kibbereen Eagle? Dhy bring in a master
of forensic eloAuence like DhitesideC 4ufficient for the day is the
news"a"er thereof $3;<4 D3T: B!G5;E '&!4 59 !51E
##Grattan and 9lood wrote for this very "a"er, the editor cried in his
face 3rish volunteers Dhere are you nowC Established (IJ/ 'r $ucas
Dho have you now like John Phil"ot 2urranC Psha@
##Dell, J J 5B=olloy said, Bushe <2, for eEam"le
##BusheC the editor said Dell, yes% Bushe, yes :e has a strain of it
in his blood <endal Bushe or 3 mean 4eymour Bushe
##:e would have been on the bench long ago, the "rofessor said, only for
But no matter
J J 5B=olloy turned to 4te"hen and said Auietly and slowly%
##5ne of the most "olished "eriods 3 think 3 ever listened to in my life
fell from the li"s of 4eymour Bushe 3t was in that case of fratricide,
the 2hilds murder case Bushe defended him ?&nd in the "orches of mine
ear did "our?
By the way how did he find that outC :e died in his slee" 5r the other
story, beast with two backsC
##Dhat was thatC the "rofessor asked
3T&$3&, =&G34T1& &1T3U=
##:e s"oke on the law of evidence, J J 5B=olloy said, of 1oman justice
as contrasted with the earlier =osaic code, the ?leE talionis? &nd he
cited the =oses of =ichelangelo in the vatican
##& few wellchosen words, $enehan "refaced 4ilence@
Pause J J 5B=olloy took out his cigarettecase
9alse lull 4omething Auite ordinary
=essenger took out his matchboE thoughtfully and lit his cigar
3 have often thought since on looking back over that strange time that
it was that small act, trivial in itself, that striking of that match,
that determined the whole aftercourse of both our lives & P5$34:E'
J J 5B=olloy resumed, moulding his words%
##:e said of it% ?that stony effigy in fro>en music, horned and
terrible, of the human form divine, that eternal symbol of wisdom and
of "ro"hecy which, if aught that the imagination or the hand of scul"tor
has wrought in marble of soultransfigured and of soultransfiguring
deserves to live, deserves to live?
:is slim hand with a wave graced echo and fall
##9ine@ =yles 2rawford said at once
##The divine afflatus, =r 5B=adden Burke said
##!ou like itC J J 5B=olloy asked 4te"hen
4te"hen, his blood wooed by grace of language and gesture, blushed :e
took a cigarette from the case J J 5B=olloy offered his case to =yles
2rawford $enehan lit their cigarettes as before and took his tro"hy,
##=uchibus thankibus
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##Professor =agennis was s"eaking to me about you, J J 5B=olloy said
to 4te"hen Dhat do you think really of that hermetic crowd, the o"al
hush "oets% & E the mastermysticC That Blavatsky woman started it
4he was a nice old bag of tricks & E has been telling some yankee
interviewer that you came to him in the small hours of the morning to
ask him about "lanes of consciousness =agennis thinks you must have
been "ulling & EBs leg :e is a man of the very highest morale,
4"eaking about me Dhat did he sayC Dhat did he sayC Dhat did he say
about meC 'onBt ask
##;o, thanks, "rofessor =ac:ugh said, waving the cigarettecase aside
Dait a moment $et me say one thing The finest dis"lay of oratory 3
ever heard was a s"eech made by John 9 Taylor at the college historical
society =r Justice 9it>gibbon, the "resent lord justice of a""eal, had
s"oken and the "a"er under debate was an essay Knew for those daysL,
advocating the revival of the 3rish tongue
:e turned towards =yles 2rawford and said%
##!ou know Gerald 9it>gibbon Then you can imagine the style of his
##:e is sitting with Tim :ealy, J J 5B=olloy said, rumour has it, on
the Trinity college estates commission
##:e is sitting with a sweet thing, =yles 2rawford said, in a childBs
frock Go on DellC
##3t was the s"eech, mark you, the "rofessor said, of a finished orator,
full of courteous haughtiness and "ouring in chastened diction 3 will
not say the vials of his wrath but "ouring the "roud manBs contumely
u"on the new movement 3t was then a new movement De were weak,
therefore worthless
:e closed his long thin li"s an instant but, eager to be on, raised
an outs"anned hand to his s"ectacles and, with trembling thumb and
ringfinger touching lightly the black rims, steadied them to a new
3n ferial tone he addressed J J 5B=olloy%
##Taylor had come there, you must know, from a sickbed That he
had "re"ared his s"eech 3 do not believe for there was not even one
shorthandwriter in the hall :is dark lean face had a growth of shaggy
beard round it :e wore a loose white silk neckcloth and altogether he
looked Kthough he was notL a dying man
:is ga>e turned at once but slowly from J J 5B=olloyBs towards
4te"henBs face and then bent at once to the ground, seeking :is
ungla>ed linen collar a""eared behind his bent head, soiled by his
withering hair 4till seeking, he said%
##Dhen 9it>gibbonBs s"eech had ended John 9 Taylor rose to re"ly
Briefly, as well as 3 can bring them to mind, his words were these
:e raised his head firmly :is eyes bethought themselves once more
Ditless shellfish swam in the gross lenses to and fro, seeking outlet
:e began%
?##=r 2hairman, ladies and gentlemen% Great was my admiration in
listening to the remarks addressed to the youth of 3reland a moment
since by my learned friend 3t seemed to me that 3 had been trans"orted
into a country far away from this country, into an age remote from
this age, that 3 stood in ancient Egy"t and that 3 was listening to the
s"eech of some high"riest of that land addressed to the youthful =oses?
:is listeners held their cigarettes "oised to hear, their smokes
ascending in frail stalks that flowered with his s"eech ?&nd let our
crooked smokes? ;oble words coming $ook out 2ould you try your hand
at it yourselfC
?##&nd it seemed to me that 3 heard the voice of that Egy"tian
high"riest raised in a tone of like haughtiness and like "ride 3 heard
his words and their meaning was revealed to me?
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3t was revealed to me that those things are good which yet are corru"ted
which neither if they were su"remely good nor unless they were good
could be corru"ted &h, curse you@ ThatBs saint &ugustine
?##Dhy will you jews not acce"t our culture, our religion and our
languageC !ou are a tribe of nomad herdsmen% we are a mighty "eo"le !ou
have no cities nor no wealth% our cities are hives of humanity and
our galleys, trireme and Auadrireme, laden with all manner merchandise
furrow the waters of the known globe !ou have but emerged from
"rimitive conditions% we have a literature, a "riesthood, an agelong
history and a "olity?
2hild, man, effigy
By the ;ilebank the babemaries kneel, cradle of bulrushes% a man su""le
in combat% stonehorned, stonebearded, heart of stone
?##!ou "ray to a local and obscure idol% our tem"les, majestic and
mysterious, are the abodes of 3sis and 5siris, of :orus and &mmon 1a
!ours serfdom, awe and humbleness% ours thunder and the seas 3srael
is weak and few are her children% Egy"t is an host and terrible are her
arms Hagrants and daylabourers are you called% the world trembles at
our name?
& dumb belch of hunger cleft his s"eech :e lifted his voice above it
?##But, ladies and gentlemen, had the youthful =oses listened to and
acce"ted that view of life, had he bowed his head and bowed his will
and bowed his s"irit before that arrogant admonition he would never have
brought the chosen "eo"le out of their house of bondage, nor followed
the "illar of the cloud by day :e would never have s"oken with the
Eternal amid lightnings on 4inaiBs mountainto" nor ever have come down
with the light of ins"iration shining in his countenance and bearing in
his arms the tables of the law, graven in the language of the outlaw?
:e ceased and looked at them, enjoying a silence
5=3;5U4##951 :3=@
J J 5B=olloy said not without regret%
##&nd yet he died without having entered the land of "romise
##& sudden##at##the##moment##though##from##lingering##illness##often##
"reviously##eE"ectorated##demise, $enehan added &nd with a great future
behind him
The troo" of bare feet was heard rushing along the hallway and "attering
u" the staircase
##That is oratory, the "rofessor said uncontradicted Gone with the
wind :osts at =ullaghmast and Tara of the kings =iles of ears of
"orches The tribuneBs words, howled and scattered to the four winds
& "eo"le sheltered within his voice 'ead noise &kasic records of all
that ever anywhere wherever was $ove and laud him% me no more
3 have money
##Gentlemen, 4te"hen said &s the neEt motion on the agenda "a"er may 3
suggest that the house do now adjournC
##!ou take my breath away 3t is not "erchance a 9rench com"limentC
=r 5B=adden Burke asked BTis the hour, methinks, when the winejug,
meta"horically s"eaking, is most grateful in !e ancient hostelry
##That it be and hereby is resolutely resolved &ll that are in favour
say ay, $enehan announced The contrary no 3 declare it carried To
which "articular boosing shedC =y casting vote is% =ooneyBs@
:e led the way, admonishing%
##De will sternly refuse to "artake of strong waters, will we notC !es,
we will not By no manner of means
=r 5B=adden Burke, following close, said with an allyBs lunge of his
##$ay on, =acduff@
##2hi" of the old block@ the editor cried, cla""ing 4te"hen on the
shoulder $et us go Dhere are those blasted keysC
:e fumbled in his "ocket "ulling out the crushed ty"esheets
##9oot and mouth 3 know ThatBll be all right ThatBll go in Dhere are
theyC ThatBs all right
:e thrust the sheets back and went into the inner office $ET U4 :5PE
J J 5B=olloy, about to follow him in, said Auietly to 4te"hen%
##3 ho"e you will live to see it "ublished =yles, one moment
:e went into the inner office, closing the door behind him
##2ome along, 4te"hen, the "rofessor said That is fine, isnBt itC 3t
has the "ro"hetic vision ?9uit 3lium@? The sack of windy Troy <ingdoms
of this world The masters of the =editerranean are fellaheen today
The first newsboy came "attering down the stairs at their heels and
rushed out into the street, yelling%
##1acing s"ecial@
'ublin 3 have much, much to learn
They turned to the left along &bbey street
##3 have a vision too, 4te"hen said
##!esC the "rofessor said, ski""ing to get into ste" 2rawford will
&nother newsboy shot "ast them, yelling as he ran%
##1acing s"ecial@
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##Two 'ublin vestals, 4te"hen said, elderly and "ious, have lived fifty
and fiftythree years in 9umballyBs lane
##Dhere is thatC the "rofessor asked
##5ff Black"itts, 4te"hen said
'am" night reeking of hungry dough &gainst the wall 9ace glistering
tallow under her fustian shawl 9rantic hearts &kasic records Guicker,
5n now 'are it $et there be life
##They want to see the views of 'ublin from the to" of ;elsonBs "illar
They save u" three and ten"ence in a red tin letterboE moneyboE They
shake out the three"enny bits and siE"ences and coaE out the "ennies
with the blade of a knife Two and three in silver and one and seven
in co""ers They "ut on their bonnets and best clothes and take their
umbrellas for fear it may come on to rain
##Dise virgins, "rofessor =ac:ugh said
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##They buy one and four"enceworth of brawn and four slices of "anloaf at
the north city diningrooms in =arlborough street from =iss <ate 2ollins,
"ro"rietress They "urchase four and twenty ri"e "lums from a girl
at the foot of ;elsonBs "illar to take off the thirst of the brawn They
give two three"enny bits to the gentleman at the turnstile and begin
to waddle slowly u" the winding staircase, grunting, encouraging each
other, afraid of the dark, "anting, one asking the other have you the
brawn, "raising God and the Blessed Hirgin, threatening to come down,
"ee"ing at the airslits Glory be to God They had no idea it was that
Their names are &nne <earns and 9lorence =ac2abe &nne <earns has the
lumbago for which she rubs on $ourdes water, given her by a lady who got
a bottleful from a "assionist father 9lorence =ac2abe takes a crubeen
and a bottle of double R for su""er every 4aturday
##&ntithesis, the "rofessor said nodding twice Hestal virgins 3 can
see them DhatBs kee"ing our friendC
:e turned
& bevy of scam"ering newsboys rushed down the ste"s, scattering in all
directions, yelling, their white "a"ers fluttering :ard after them
=yles 2rawford a""eared on the ste"s, his hat aureoling his scarlet
face, talking with J J 5B=olloy
##2ome along, the "rofessor cried, waving his arm
:e set off again to walk by 4te"henBs side 1ETU1; 59 B$55=
##!es, he said 3 see them
=r Bloom, breathless, caught in a whirl of wild newsboys near the
offices of the ?3rish 2atholic and 'ublin Penny Journal?, called%
##=r 2rawford@ & moment@
##?Telegra"h?@ 1acing s"ecial@
##Dhat is itC =yles 2rawford said, falling back a "ace
& newsboy cried in =r BloomBs face%
##Terrible tragedy in 1athmines@ & child bit by a bellows@
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##Just this ad, =r Bloom said, "ushing through towards the ste"s,
"uffing, and taking the cutting from his "ocket 3 s"oke with =r <eyes
just now :eBll give a renewal for two months, he says &fter heBll
see But he wants a "ar to call attention in the ?Telegra"h? too,
the 4aturday "ink &nd he wants it co"ied if itBs not too late 3 told
councillor ;annetti from the ?<ilkenny Peo"le? 3 can have access to
it in the national library :ouse of keys, donBt you seeC :is name is
<eyes 3tBs a "lay on the name But he "ractically "romised heBd give
the renewal But he wants just a little "uff Dhat will 3 tell him, =r
2rawfordC <=&
##Dill you tell him he can kiss my arseC =yles 2rawford said throwing
out his arm for em"hasis Tell him that straight from the stable
& bit nervy $ook out for sAualls &ll off for a drink &rm in arm
$enehanBs yachting ca" on the cadge beyond Usual blarney Donder is
that young 'edalus the moving s"irit :as a good "air of boots on him
today $ast time 3 saw him he had his heels on view Been walking in
muck somewhere 2areless cha" Dhat was he doing in 3rishtownC
##Dell, =r Bloom said, his eyes returning, if 3 can get the design 3
su""ose itBs worth a short "ar :eBd give the ad, 3 think 3Bll tell him
##:e can kiss my royal 3rish arse, =yles 2rawford cried loudly over his
shoulder &ny time he likes, tell him
Dhile =r Bloom stood weighing the "oint and about to smile he strode on
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##?;ulla bona?, Jack, he said, raising his hand to his chin 3Bm u" to
here 3Bve been through the hoo" myself 3 was looking for a fellow to
back a bill for me no later than last week 4orry, Jack !ou must take
the will for the deed Dith a heart and a half if 3 could raise the wind
J J 5B=olloy "ulled a long face and walked on silently They caught u"
on the others and walked abreast
##Dhen they have eaten the brawn and the bread and wi"ed their twenty
fingers in the "a"er the bread was wra""ed in they go nearer to the
##4omething for you, the "rofessor eE"lained to =yles 2rawford Two old
'ublin women on the to" of ;elsonBs "illar
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##ThatBs new, =yles 2rawford said ThatBs co"y 5ut for the waEies
'argle Two old trickies, whatC
##But they are afraid the "illar will fall, 4te"hen went on They see
the roofs and argue about where the different churches are% 1athminesB
blue dome, &dam and EveBs, saint $aurence 5BTooleBs But it makes them
giddy to look so they "ull u" their skirts
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##Easy all, =yles 2rawford said ;o "oetic licence DeBre in the
archdiocese here
##&nd settle down on their stri"ed "etticoats, "eering u" at the statue
of the onehandled adulterer
##5nehandled adulterer@ the "rofessor cried 3 like that 3 see the
idea 3 see what you mean
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##3t gives them a crick in their necks, 4te"hen said, and they are too
tired to look u" or down or to s"eak They "ut the bag of "lums between
them and eat the "lums out of it, one after another, wi"ing off with
their handkerchiefs the "lumjuice that dribbles out of their mouths and
s"itting the "lumstones slowly out between the railings
:e gave a sudden loud young laugh as a close $enehan and =r 5B=adden
Burke, hearing, turned, beckoned and led on across towards =ooneyBs
##9inishedC =yles 2rawford said 4o long as they do no worse
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##!ou remind me of &ntisthenes, the "rofessor said, a disci"le of
Gorgias, the so"hist 3t is said of him that none could tell if he were
bitterer against others or against himself :e was the son of a noble
and a bondwoman &nd he wrote a book in which he took away the "alm of
beauty from &rgive :elen and handed it to "oor Penelo"e
Poor Penelo"e Penelo"e 1ich
They made ready to cross 5B2onnell street
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&t various "oints along the eight lines tramcars with motionless
trolleys stood in their tracks, bound for or from 1athmines,
1athfarnham, Blackrock, <ingstown and 'alkey, 4andymount Green, 1ingsend
and 4andymount Tower, 'onnybrook, Palmerston Park and U""er 1athmines,
all still, becalmed in short circuit :ackney cars, cabs, delivery
waggons, mailvans, "rivate broughams, aerated mineral water floats with
rattling crates of bottles, rattled, rolled, horsedrawn, ra"idly
D:&TC##&;' $3<ED34E##D:E1EC
##But what do you call itC =yles 2rawford asked Dhere did they get the
H31G3$3&;, 4&!4 PE'&G5GUE 45P:5=51E P$U=P4 951 5$' =&; =54E4
##2all it, wait, the "rofessor said, o"ening his long li"s wide to
reflect 2all it, let me see 2all it% ?deus nobis haec otia fecit?
##;o, 4te"hen said 3 call it ?& Pisgah 4ight of Palestine or the
Parable of The Plums?
##3 see, the "rofessor said
:e laughed richly
##3 see, he said again with new "leasure =oses and the "romised land
De gave him that idea, he added to J J 5B=olloy
:51&T35 34 2!;54U1E T:34 9&31 JU;E '&!
J J 5B=olloy sent a weary sidelong glance towards the statue and held
his "eace
##3 see, the "rofessor said
:e halted on sir John GrayBs "avement island and "eered aloft at ;elson
through the meshes of his wry smile
'3=3;34:E' '3G3T4 P15HE T55 T3T3$$&T3;G 951 9134<! 91U=P4 &;;E D3=B$E4,
9$5 D&;G$E4##!ET 2&; !5U B$&=E T:E=C
##5nehandled adulterer, he said smiling grimly That tickles me, 3 must
##Tickled the old ones too, =yles 2rawford said, if the God &lmightyBs
truth was known
Pinea""le rock, lemon "latt, butter scotch & sugarsticky girl
shovelling scoo"fuls of creams for a christian brother 4ome school
treat Bad for their tummies $o>enge and comfit manufacturer to :is
=ajesty the <ing God 4ave 5ur 4itting on his throne sucking red
jujubes white
& sombre !=2& young man, watchful among the warm sweet fumes of
Graham $emonBs, "laced a throwaway in a hand of =r Bloom
:eart to heart talks
Bloo =eC ;o
Blood of the $amb
:is slow feet walked him riverward, reading &re you savedC &ll are
washed in the blood of the lamb God wants blood victim Birth, hymen,
martyr, war, foundation of a building, sacrifice, kidney burntoffering,
druidsB altars Elijah is coming 'r John &leEander 'owie restorer of
the church in Fion is coming
?3s coming@ 3s coming@@ 3s coming@@@ &ll heartily welcome? Paying game
Torry and &leEander last year Polygamy :is wife will "ut the sto""er
on that Dhere was that ad some Birmingham firm the luminous crucifiE
5ur 4aviour Dake u" in the dead of night and see him on the wall,
hanging Pe""erBs ghost idea 3ron nails ran in
Phos"horus it must be done with 3f you leave a bit of codfish for
instance 3 could see the bluey silver over it ;ight 3 went down to the
"antry in the kitchen 'onBt like all the smells in it waiting to rush
out Dhat was it she wantedC The =alaga raisins Thinking of 4"ain
Before 1udy was born The "hos"horescence, that bluey greeny Hery good
for the brain
9rom ButlerBs monument house corner he glanced along BachelorBs walk
'edalusB daughter there still outside 'illonBs auctionrooms =ust be
selling off some old furniture <new her eyes at once from the father
$obbing about waiting for him :ome always breaks u" when the mother
goes 9ifteen children he had Birth every year almost ThatBs in their
theology or the "riest wonBt give the "oor woman the confession, the
absolution 3ncrease and multi"ly 'id you ever hear such an ideaC Eat
you out of house and home ;o families themselves to feed $iving on the
fat of the land Their butteries and larders 3Bd like to see them do
the black fast !om <i""ur 2rossbuns 5ne meal and a collation for fear
heBd colla"se on the altar & housekee"er of one of those fellows if you
could "ick it out of her ;ever "ick it out of her $ike getting lsd
out of him 'oes himself well ;o guests &ll for number one Datching
his water Bring your own bread and butter :is reverence% mumBs the
Good $ord, that "oor childBs dress is in flitters Underfed she looks
too Potatoes and marge, marge and "otatoes 3tBs after they feel it
Proof of the "udding Undermines the constitution
&s he set foot on 5B2onnell bridge a "uffball of smoke "lumed u" from
the "ara"et Brewery barge with eE"ort stout England 4ea air sours it,
3 heard Be interesting some day get a "ass through :ancock to see the
brewery 1egular world in itself Hats of "orter wonderful 1ats get in
too 'rink themselves bloated as big as a collie floating 'ead drunk on
the "orter 'rink till they "uke again like christians 3magine drinking
that@ 1ats% vats Dell, of course, if we knew all the things
$ooking down he saw fla""ing strongly, wheeling between the gaunt
Auaywalls, gulls 1ough weather outside 3f 3 threw myself downC 1euben
JBs son must have swallowed a good bellyful of that sewage 5ne and
eight"ence too much :hhhm 3tBs the droll way he comes out with the
things <nows how to tell a story too
They wheeled lower $ooking for grub Dait
:e threw down among them a crum"led "a"er ball Elijah thirtytwo feet
"er sec is com ;ot a bit The ball bobbed unheeded on the wake of
swells, floated under by the bridge"iers ;ot such damn fools &lso the
day 3 threw that stale cake out of the ErinBs <ing "icked it u" in the
wake fifty yards astern $ive by their wits They wheeled, fla""ing
?The hungry famished gull
9la"s oBer the waters dull?
That is how "oets write, the similar sounds But then 4hakes"eare has
no rhymes% blank verse The flow of the language it is The thoughts
?:amlet, 3 am thy fatherBs s"irit
'oomed for a certain time to walk the earth?
##Two a""les a "enny@ Two for a "enny@
:is ga>e "assed over the gla>ed a""les serried on her stand &ustralians
they must be this time of year 4hiny "eels% "olishes them u" with a rag
or a handkerchief
Dait Those "oor birds
:e halted again and bought from the old a""lewoman two Banbury cakes for
a "enny and broke the brittle "aste and threw its fragments down into
the $iffey 4ee thatC The gulls swoo"ed silently, two, then all from
their heights, "ouncing on "rey Gone Every morsel
&ware of their greed and cunning he shook the "owdery crumb from his
hands They never eE"ected that =anna $ive on fish, fishy flesh they
have, all seabirds, gulls, seagoose 4wans from &nna $iffey swim down
here sometimes to "reen themselves ;o accounting for tastes Donder
what kind is swanmeat 1obinson 2rusoe had to live on them
They wheeled fla""ing weakly 3Bm not going to throw any more Penny
Auite enough $ot of thanks 3 get ;ot even a caw They s"read foot and
mouth disease too 3f you cram a turkey say on chestnutmeal it tastes
like that Eat "ig like "ig But then why is it that saltwater fish are
not saltyC :ow is thatC
:is eyes sought answer from the river and saw a rowboat rock at anchor
on the treacly swells la>ily its "lastered board
?<inoBs? ((S# ?Trousers?
Good idea that Donder if he "ays rent to the cor"oration :ow can you
own water reallyC 3tBs always flowing in a stream, never the same, which
in the stream of life we trace Because life is a stream &ll kinds of
"laces are good for ads That Auack doctor for the cla" used to be stuck
u" in all the greenhouses ;ever see it now 4trictly confidential 'r
:y 9ranks 'idnBt cost him a red like =aginni the dancing master self
advertisement Got fellows to stick them u" or stick them u" himself for
that matter on the A t running in to loosen a button 9lybynight
Just the "lace too P54T ;5 B3$$4 P54T ((* P3$$4 4ome cha" with a dose
burning him
3f heC
;o ;o
;o, no 3 donBt believe it :e wouldnBt surelyC
;o, no
=r Bloom moved forward, raising his troubled eyes Think no more about
that &fter one Timeball on the ballastoffice is down 'unsink time
9ascinating little book that is of sir 1obert BallBs ParallaE 3 never
eEactly understood ThereBs a "riest 2ould ask him Par itBs Greek%
"arallel, "arallaE =et him "ike hoses she called it till 3 told her
about the transmigration 5 rocks@
=r Bloom smiled 5 rocks at two windows of the ballastoffice 4heBs right
after all 5nly big words for ordinary things on account of the sound
4heBs not eEactly witty 2an be rude too Blurt out what 3 was thinking
4till, 3 donBt know 4he used to say Ben 'ollard had a base barreltone
voice :e has legs like barrels and youBd think he was singing into a
barrel ;ow, isnBt that wit They used to call him big Ben ;ot half as
witty as calling him base barreltone &""etite like an albatross Get
outside of a baron of beef Powerful man he was at stowing away number
one Bass Barrel of Bass 4eeC 3t all works out
& "rocession of whitesmocked sandwichmen marched slowly towards him
along the gutter, scarlet sashes across their boards Bargains $ike
that "riest they are this morning% we have sinned% we have suffered :e
read the scarlet letters on their five tall white hats% : E $ ! 4
Disdom :elyBs ! lagging behind drew a chunk of bread from under his
foreboard, crammed it into his mouth and munched as he walked 5ur
sta"le food Three bob a day, walking along the gutters, street after
street Just kee" skin and bone together, bread and skilly They are
not Boyl% no, = GladeBs men 'oesnBt bring in any business either
3 suggested to him about a trans"arent showcart with two smart girls
sitting inside writing letters, co"ybooks, envelo"es, blotting"a"er 3
bet that would have caught on 4mart girls writing something catch the
eye at once Everyone dying to know what sheBs writing Get twenty of
them round you if you stare at nothing :ave a finger in the "ie Domen
too 2uriosity Pillar of salt DouldnBt have it of course because he
didnBt think of it himself first 5r the inkbottle 3 suggested with a
false stain of black celluloid :is ideas for ads like PlumtreeBs "otted
under the obituaries, cold meat de"artment !ou canBt lick Bem DhatC
5ur envelo"es :ello, Jones, where are you goingC 2anBt sto", 1obinson,
3 am hastening to "urchase the only reliable inkeraser ?<ansell,? sold
by :elyBs $td, +6 'ame street Dell out of that ruck 3 am 'evil of a
job it was collecting accounts of those convents TranAuilla convent
That was a nice nun there, really sweet face Dim"le suited her small
head 4isterC 4isterC 3 am sure she was crossed in love by her eyes
Hery hard to bargain with that sort of a woman 3 disturbed her at her
devotions that morning But glad to communicate with the outside world
5ur great day, she said 9east of 5ur $ady of =ount 2armel 4weet name
too% caramel 4he knew 3, 3 think she knew by the way she 3f she had
married she would have changed 3 su""ose they really were short of
money 9ried everything in the best butter all the same ;o lard for
them =y heartBs broke eating dri""ing They like buttering themselves
in and out =olly tasting it, her veil u" 4isterC Pat 2laffey, the
"awnbrokerBs daughter 3t was a nun they say invented barbed wire
:e crossed Destmoreland street when a"ostro"he 4 had "lodded by 1over
cyclesho" Those races are on today :ow long ago is thatC !ear Phil
Gilligan died De were in $ombard street west Dait% was in ThomBs
Got the job in Disdom :elyBs year we married 4iE years Ten years ago%
ninetyfour he died yes thatBs right the big fire at &rnottBs Hal 'illon
was lord mayor The Glencree dinner &lderman 1obert 5B1eilly em"tying
the "ort into his sou" before the flag fell Bobbob la""ing it for the
inner alderman 2ouldnBt hear what the band "layed 9or what we have
already received may the $ord make us =illy was a kiddy then =olly
had that ele"hantgrey dress with the braided frogs =antailored with
selfcovered buttons 4he didnBt like it because 3 s"rained my ankle
first day she wore choir "icnic at the 4ugarloaf &s if that 5ld
GoodwinBs tall hat done u" with some sticky stuff 9liesB "icnic
too ;ever "ut a dress on her back like it 9itted her like a glove,
shoulders and hi"s Just beginning to "lum" it out well 1abbit"ie we
had that day Peo"le looking after her
:a""y :a""ier then 4nug little room that was with the red wall"a"er
'ockrellBs, one and nine"ence a do>en =illyBs tubbing night &merican
soa" 3 bought% elderflower 2osy smell of her bathwater 9unny she
looked soa"ed all over 4ha"ely too ;ow "hotogra"hy Poor "a"aBs
daguerreoty"e atelier he told me of :ereditary taste
:e walked along the curbstone
4tream of life Dhat was the name of that "riestylooking cha" was always
sAuinting in when he "assedC Deak eyes, woman 4to""ed in 2itronBs saint
<evinBs "arade Pen something PendennisC =y memory is getting Pen
C 5f course itBs years ago ;oise of the trams "robably Dell, if he
couldnBt remember the dayfatherBs name that he sees every day
Bartell dB&rcy was the tenor, just coming out then 4eeing her home
after "ractice 2onceited fellow with his waEedu" moustache Gave her
that song ?Dinds that blow from the south?
Dindy night that was 3 went to fetch her there was that lodge meeting on
about those lottery tickets after GoodwinBs concert in the su""erroom or
oakroom of the =ansion house :e and 3 behind 4heet of her music blew
out of my hand against the :igh school railings $ucky it didnBt
Thing like that s"oils the effect of a night for her Professor Goodwin
linking her in front 4haky on his "ins, "oor old sot :is farewell
concerts Positively last a""earance on any stage =ay be for months and
may be for never 1emember her laughing at the wind, her bli>>ard collar
u" 2orner of :arcourt road remember that gust Brrfoo@ Blew u" all her
skirts and her boa nearly smothered old Goodwin 4he did get flushed
in the wind 1emember when we got home raking u" the fire and frying u"
those "ieces of la" of mutton for her su""er with the 2hutney sauce she
liked &nd the mulled rum 2ould see her in the bedroom from the hearth
unclam"ing the busk of her stays% white
4wish and soft flo" her stays made on the bed &lways warm from her
&lways liked to let her self out 4itting there after till near two
taking out her hair"ins =illy tucked u" in beddyhouse :a""y :a""y
That was the night
##5, =r Bloom, how do you doC
##5, how do you do, =rs BreenC
##;o use com"laining :ow is =olly those timesC :avenBt seen her for
##3n the "ink, =r Bloom said gaily =illy has a "osition down in
=ullingar, you know
##Go away@ 3snBt that grand for herC
##!es 3n a "hotogra"herBs there Getting on like a house on fire :ow
are all your chargesC
##&ll on the bakerBs list, =rs Breen said
:ow many has sheC ;o other in sight
##!ouBre in black, 3 see !ou have no
##;o, =r Bloom said 3 have just come from a funeral
Going to cro" u" all day, 3 foresee DhoBs dead, when and what did he
die ofC Turn u" like a bad "enny
##5, dear me, =rs Breen said 3 ho"e it wasnBt any near relation
=ay as well get her sym"athy
##'ignam, =r Bloom said &n old friend of mine :e died Auite suddenly,
"oor fellow :eart trouble, 3 believe 9uneral was this morning
?!our funeralBs tomorrow Dhile youBre coming through the rye
'iddlediddle dumdum 'iddlediddle?
##4ad to lose the old friends, =rs BreenBs womaneyes said melancholily
;ow thatBs Auite enough about that Just% Auietly% husband
##&nd your lord and masterC
=rs Breen turned u" her two large eyes :asnBt lost them anyhow
##5, donBt be talking@ she said :eBs a caution to rattlesnakes :eBs
in there now with his lawbooks finding out the law of libel :e has me
heartscalded Dait till 3 show you
:ot mockturtle va"our and steam of newbaked jam"uffs roly"oly "oured
out from :arrisonBs The heavy noonreek tickled the to" of =r BloomBs
gullet Dant to make good "astry, butter, best flour, 'emerara sugar,
or theyBd taste it with the hot tea 5r is it from herC & barefoot
arab stood over the grating, breathing in the fumes 'eaden the gnaw of
hunger that way Pleasure or "ain is itC Penny dinner <nife and fork
chained to the table
5"ening her handbag, chi""ed leather :at"in% ought to have a guard on
those things 4tick it in a cha"Bs eye in the tram 1ummaging 5"en
=oney Please take one 'evils if they lose siE"ence 1aise 2ain
:usband barging DhereBs the ten shillings 3 gave you on =ondayC &re
you feeding your little brotherBs familyC 4oiled handkerchief%
medicinebottle Pastille that was fell Dhat is sheC
##There must be a new moon out, she said :eBs always bad then 'o you
know what he did last nightC
:er hand ceased to rummage :er eyes fiEed themselves on him, wide in
alarm, yet smiling
##DhatC =r Bloom asked
$et her s"eak $ook straight in her eyes 3 believe you Trust me
##Doke me u" in the night, she said 'ream he had, a nightmare
##4aid the ace of s"ades was walking u" the stairs
##The ace of s"ades@ =r Bloom said
4he took a folded "ostcard from her handbag
##1ead that, she said :e got it this morning
##Dhat is itC =r Bloom asked, taking the card UPC
##UP% u", she said 4omeone taking a rise out of him 3tBs a great
shame for them whoever he is
##3ndeed it is, =r Bloom said
4he took back the card, sighing
##&nd now heBs going round to =r =entonBs office :eBs going to take an
action for ten thousand "ounds, he says
4he folded the card into her untidy bag and sna""ed the catch
4ame blue serge dress she had two years ago, the na" bleaching 4een its
best days Dis"ish hair over her ears &nd that dowdy toAue% three old
gra"es to take the harm out of it 4habby genteel 4he used to be a
tasty dresser $ines round her mouth 5nly a year or so older than
4ee the eye that woman gave her, "assing 2ruel The unfair seE
:e looked still at her, holding back behind his look his discontent
Pungent mockturtle oEtail mulligatawny 3Bm hungry too 9lakes of "astry
on the gusset of her dress% daub of sugary flour stuck to her cheek
1hubarb tart with liberal fillings, rich fruit interior Josie Powell
that was 3n $uke 'oyleBs long ago 'ol"hinBs Barn, the charades UP%
2hange the subject
##'o you ever see anything of =rs BeaufoyC =r Bloom asked
##=ina PurefoyC she said
Phili" Beaufoy 3 was thinking PlaygoersB 2lub =atcham often thinks of
the masterstroke 'id 3 "ull the chainC !es The last act
##3 just called to ask on the way in is she over it 4heBs in the
lying#in hos"ital in :olles street 'r :orne got her in 4heBs three
days bad now
##5, =r Bloom said 3Bm sorry to hear that
##!es, =rs Breen said &nd a houseful of kids at home 3tBs a very stiff
birth, the nurse told me
###5, =r Bloom said
:is heavy "itying ga>e absorbed her news :is tongue clacked in
com"assion 'th@ 'th@
##3Bm sorry to hear that, he said Poor thing@ Three days@ ThatBs
terrible for her
=rs Breen nodded
##4he was taken bad on the Tuesday
=r Bloom touched her funnybone gently, warning her%
##=ind@ $et this man "ass
& bony form strode along the curbstone from the river staring with a
ra"t ga>e into the sunlight through a heavystringed glass Tight as a
skull"iece a tiny hat gri""ed his head 9rom his arm a folded dustcoat,
a stick and an umbrella dangled to his stride
##Datch him, =r Bloom said :e always walks outside the lam""osts
##Dho is he if itBs a fair AuestionC =rs Breen asked 3s he dottyC
##:is name is 2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor 9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell, =r
Bloom said smiling Datch@
##:e has enough of them, she said 'enis will be like that one of these
4he broke off suddenly
##There he is, she said 3 must go after him Goodbye 1emember me to
=olly, wonBt youC
##3 will, =r Bloom said
:e watched her dodge through "assers towards the sho"fronts 'enis Breen
in skim"y frockcoat and blue canvas shoes shuffled out of :arrisonBs
hugging two heavy tomes to his ribs Blown in from the bay $ike old
times :e suffered her to overtake him without sur"rise and thrust
his dull grey beard towards her, his loose jaw wagging as he s"oke
=eshuggah 5ff his chum"
=r Bloom walked on again easily, seeing ahead of him in sunlight the
tight skull"iece, the dangling stickumbrelladustcoat Going the two
days Datch him@ 5ut he goes again 5ne way of getting on in the world
&nd that other old mosey lunatic in those duds :ard time she must have
with him
UP% u" 3Bll take my oath thatBs &lf Bergan or 1ichie Goulding Drote
it for a lark in the 4cotch house 3 bet anything 1ound to =entonBs
office :is oyster eyes staring at the "ostcard Be a feast for the
:e "assed the ?3rish Times? There might be other answers 3ying there
$ike to answer them all Good system for criminals 2ode &t their lunch
now 2lerk with the glasses there doesnBt know me 5, leave them there
to simmer Enough bother wading through fortyfour of them Danted, smart
lady ty"ist to aid gentleman in literary work 3 called you naughty
darling because 3 do not like that other world Please tell me what is
the meaning Please tell me what "erfume does your wife Tell me who
made the world The way they s"ring those Auestions on you &nd the
other one $i>>ie Twigg =y literary efforts have had the good fortune to
meet with the a""roval of the eminent "oet & E K=r Geo 1ussellL ;o
time to do her hair drinking slo""y tea with a book of "oetry
Best "a"er by long chalks for a small ad Got the "rovinces now 2ook
and general, eEc cuisine, housemaid ke"t Danted live man for s"irit
counter 1es" girl K12L wishes to hear of "ost in fruit or "ork sho"
James 2arlisle made that 4iE and a half "er cent dividend =ade a big
deal on 2oatesBs shares 2aB canny 2unning old 4cotch hunks &ll the
toady news 5ur gracious and "o"ular vicereine Bought the ?3rish 9ield?
now $ady =ountcashel has Auite recovered after her confinement and
rode out with the Dard Union staghounds at the enlargement yesterday
at 1athoath Uneatable foE Pothunters too 9ear injects juices make
it tender enough for them 1iding astride 4it her horse like a man
Deightcarrying huntress ;o sidesaddle or "illion for her, not for Joe
9irst to the meet and in at the death 4trong as a brood mare some of
those horsey women 4wagger around livery stables Toss off a glass
of brandy neat while youBd say knife That one at the Grosvenor this
morning U" with her on the car% wishswish 4tonewall or fivebarred gate
"ut her mount to it Think that "ugnosed driver did it out of s"ite Dho
is this she was likeC 5 yes@ =rs =iriam 'andrade that sold me her old
wra"s and black underclothes in the 4helbourne hotel 'ivorced 4"anish
&merican 'idnBt take a feather out of her my handling them &s if 3 was
her clotheshorse 4aw her in the viceregal "arty when 4tubbs the "ark
ranger got me in with Dhelan of the ?EE"ress? 4cavenging what the
Auality left :igh tea =ayonnaise 3 "oured on the "lums thinking it was
custard :er ears ought to have tingled for a few weeks after Dant to
be a bull for her Born courtesan ;o nursery work for her, thanks
Poor =rs Purefoy@ =ethodist husband =ethod in his madness 4affron bun
and milk and soda lunch in the educational dairy ! = 2 & Eating
with a sto"watch, thirtytwo chews to the minute &nd still his
muttoncho" whiskers grew 4u""osed to be well connected TheodoreBs
cousin in 'ublin 2astle 5ne tony relative in every family :ardy
annuals he "resents her with 4aw him out at the Three Jolly To"ers
marching along bareheaded and his eldest boy carrying one in a
marketnet The sAuallers Poor thing@ Then having to give the breast
year after year all hours of the night 4elfish those ttBs are 'og in
the manger 5nly one lum" of sugar in my tea, if you "lease
:e stood at 9leet street crossing $uncheon interval & siE"enny at
1oweBsC =ust look u" that ad in the national library &n eight"enny in
the Burton Better 5n my way
:e walked on "ast BoltonBs Destmoreland house Tea Tea Tea 3 forgot
to ta" Tom <ernan
4ss 'th, dth, dth@ Three days imagine groaning on a bed with a
vinegared handkerchief round her forehead, her belly swollen out Phew@
'readful sim"ly@ 2hildBs head too big% force"s 'oubled u" inside her
trying to butt its way out blindly, gro"ing for the way out <ill me
that would $ucky =olly got over hers lightly They ought to invent
something to sto" that $ife with hard labour Twilight slee" idea%
Aueen Hictoria was given that ;ine she had & good layer 5ld
woman that lived in a shoe she had so many children 4u""ose he was
consum"tive Time someone thought about it instead of gassing about the
what was it the "ensive bosom of the silver effulgence 9la"doodle to
feed fools on They could easily have big establishments whole thing
Auite "ainless out of all the taEes give every child born five Auid at
com"ound interest u" to twentyone five "er cent is a hundred shillings
and five tiresome "ounds multi"ly by twenty decimal system encourage
"eo"le to "ut by money save hundred and ten and a bit twentyone years
want to work it out on "a"er come to a tidy sum more than you think
;ot stillborn of course They are not even registered Trouble for
9unny sight two of them together, their bellies out =olly and =rs
=oisel =othersB meeting Phthisis retires for the time being, then
returns :ow flat they look all of a sudden after Peaceful eyes Deight
off their mind 5ld =rs Thornton was a jolly old soul &ll my babies,
she said The s"oon of "a" in her mouth before she fed them 5, thatBs
nyumnyum Got her hand crushed by old Tom DallBs son :is first bow to
the "ublic :ead like a "ri>e "um"kin 4nuffy 'r =urren Peo"le knocking
them u" at all hours 9or GodB sake, doctor Dife in her throes Then
kee" them waiting months for their fee To attendance on your wife ;o
gratitude in "eo"le :umane doctors, most of them
Before the huge high door of the 3rish house of "arliament a flock of
"igeons flew Their little frolic after meals Dho will we do it onC 3
"ick the fellow in black :ere goes :ereBs good luck =ust be thrilling
from the air &"john, myself and 5wen Goldberg u" in the trees near
Goose green "laying the monkeys =ackerel they called me
& sAuad of constables debouched from 2ollege street, marching in 3ndian
file Gooseste" 9oodheated faces, sweating helmets, "atting their
truncheons &fter their feed with a good load of fat sou" under their
belts PolicemanBs lot is oft a ha""y one They s"lit u" in grou"s and
scattered, saluting, towards their beats $et out to gra>e Best moment
to attack one in "udding time & "unch in his dinner & sAuad of others,
marching irregularly, rounded Trinity railings making for the station
Bound for their troughs Pre"are to receive cavalry Pre"are to receive
:e crossed under Tommy =ooreBs roguish finger They did right to "ut him
u" over a urinal% meeting of the waters 5ught to be "laces for women
1unning into cakesho"s 4ettle my hat straight ?There is not in this
wide world a vallee? Great song of Julia =orkanBs <e"t her voice u" to
the very last Pu"il of =ichael BalfeBs, wasnBt sheC
:e ga>ed after the last broad tunic ;asty customers to tackle Jack
Power could a tale unfold% father a G man 3f a fellow gave them trouble
being lagged they let him have it hot and heavy in the bridewell
2anBt blame them after all with the job they have es"ecially the young
hornies That horse"oliceman the day Joe 2hamberlain was given his
degree in Trinity he got a run for his money =y word he did@ :is
horseBs hoofs clattering after us down &bbey street $ucky 3 had the
"resence of mind to dive into =anningBs or 3 was sou"ed :e did come a
wallo", by George =ust have cracked his skull on the cobblestones 3
oughtnBt to have got myself swe"t along with those medicals &nd the
Trinity jibs in their mortarboards $ooking for trouble 4till 3 got to
know that young 'iEon who dressed that sting for me in the =ater and now
heBs in :olles street where =rs Purefoy Dheels within wheels Police
whistle in my ears still &ll skedaddled Dhy he fiEed on me Give me in
charge 1ight here it began
##U" the Boers@
##Three cheers for 'e Det@
##DeBll hang Joe 2hamberlain on a soura""le tree
4illy billies% mob of young cubs yelling their guts out Hinegar hill
The Butter eEchange band 9ew yearsB time half of them magistrates and
civil servants Dar comes on% into the army helterskelter% same fellows
used to Dhether on the scaffold high
;ever know who youBre talking to 2orny <elleher he has :arvey 'uff in
his eye $ike that Peter or 'enis or James 2arey that blew the gaff on
the invincibles =ember of the cor"oration too Egging raw youths on to
get in the know all the time drawing secret service "ay from the castle
'ro" him like a hot "otato Dhy those "lainclothes men are always
courting slaveys Easily twig a man used to uniform 4Auare"ushing u"
against a backdoor =aul her a bit Then the neEt thing on the menu &nd
who is the gentleman does be visiting thereC Das the young master saying
anythingC Pee"ing Tom through the keyhole 'ecoy duck :otblooded young
student fooling round her fat arms ironing
##&re those yours, =aryC
##3 donBt wear such things 4to" or 3Bll tell the missus on you 5ut
half the night
##There are great times coming, =ary Dait till you see
##&h, gelong with your great times coming
Barmaids too Tobaccosho"girls
James 4te"hensB idea was the best :e knew them 2ircles of ten so that
a fellow couldnBt round on more than his own ring 4inn 9ein Back out
you get the knife :idden hand 4tay in The firing sAuad TurnkeyBs
daughter got him out of 1ichmond, off from $usk Putting u" in the
Buckingham Palace hotel under their very noses Garibaldi
!ou must have a certain fascination% Parnell &rthur Griffith is a
sAuareheaded fellow but he has no go in him for the mob 5r gas about
our lovely land Gammon and s"inach 'ublin Bakery 2om"anyBs tearoom
'ebating societies That re"ublicanism is the best form of government
That the language Auestion should take "recedence of the economic
Auestion :ave your daughters inveigling them to your house 4tuff them
u" with meat and drink =ichaelmas goose :ereBs a good lum" of thyme
seasoning under the a"ron for you :ave another Auart of goosegrease
before it gets too cold :alffed enthusiasts Penny roll and a walk with
the band ;o grace for the carver The thought that the other cha" "ays
best sauce in the world =ake themselves thoroughly at home 4how us
over those a"ricots, meaning "eaches The not far distant day :omerule
sun rising u" in the northwest
:is smile faded as he walked, a heavy cloud hiding the sun slowly,
shadowing TrinityBs surly front Trams "assed one another, ingoing,
outgoing, clanging Useless words Things go on same, day after day%
sAuads of "olice marching out, back% trams in, out Those two loonies
mooching about 'ignam carted off =ina Purefoy swollen belly on a
bed groaning to have a child tugged out of her 5ne born every second
somewhere 5ther dying every second 4ince 3 fed the birds five minutes
Three hundred kicked the bucket 5ther three hundred born, washing the
blood off, all are washed in the blood of the lamb, bawling maaaaaa
2ityful "assing away, other cityful coming, "assing away too% other
coming on, "assing on :ouses, lines of houses, streets, miles of
"avements, "iledu" bricks, stones 2hanging hands This owner, that
$andlord never dies they say 5ther ste"s into his shoes when he gets
his notice to Auit They buy the "lace u" with gold and still they have
all the gold 4windle in it somewhere Piled u" in cities, worn away age
after age Pyramids in sand Built on bread and onions 4laves 2hinese
wall Babylon Big stones left 1ound towers 1est rubble, s"rawling
suburbs, jerrybuilt <erwanBs mushroom houses built of bree>e 4helter,
for the night
;o#one is anything
This is the very worst hour of the day Hitality 'ull, gloomy% hate
this hour 9eel as if 3 had been eaten and s"ewed
ProvostBs house The reverend 'r 4almon% tinned salmon Dell tinned in
there $ike a mortuary cha"el DouldnBt live in it if they "aid me :o"e
they have liver and bacon today ;ature abhors a vacuum
The sun freed itself slowly and lit glints of light among the silverware
o""osite in Dalter 4eEtonBs window by which John :oward Parnell "assed,
There he is% the brother 3mage of him :aunting face ;ow thatBs a
coincidence 2ourse hundreds of times you think of a "erson and donBt
meet him $ike a man walking in his slee" ;o#one knows him =ust be a
cor"oration meeting today They say he never "ut on the city marshalBs
uniform since he got the job 2harley <avanagh used to come out on
his high horse, cocked hat, "uffed, "owdered and shaved $ook at the
woebegone walk of him Eaten a bad egg Poached eyes on ghost 3 have a
"ain Great manBs brother% his brotherBs brother :eBd look nice on the
city charger 'ro" into the 'B2 "robably for his coffee, "lay chess
there :is brother used men as "awns $et them all go to "ot &fraid to
"ass a remark on him 9ree>e them u" with that eye of his ThatBs the
fascination% the name &ll a bit touched =ad 9anny and his other sister
=rs 'ickinson driving about with scarlet harness Bolt u"right lik
surgeon =B&rdle 4till 'avid 4heehy beat him for south =eath &""ly
for the 2hiltern :undreds and retire into "ublic life The "atriotBs
banAuet Eating orange"eels in the "ark 4imon 'edalus said when they
"ut him in "arliament that Parnell would come back from the grave and
lead him out of the house of commons by the arm
##5f the twoheaded octo"us, one of whose heads is the head u"on which
the ends of the world have forgotten to come while the other s"eaks with
a 4cotch accent The tentacles
They "assed from behind =r Bloom along the curbstone Beard and bicycle
!oung woman
&nd there he is too ;ow thatBs really a coincidence% second time
2oming events cast their shadows before Dith the a""roval of the
eminent "oet, =r Geo 1ussell That might be $i>>ie Twigg with him &
E% what does that meanC 3nitials "erha"s &lbert Edward, &rthur Edmund,
&l"honsus Eb Ed El EsAuire Dhat was he sayingC The ends of the world
with a 4cotch accent Tentacles% octo"us 4omething occult% symbolism
:olding forth 4heBs taking it all in ;ot saying a word To aid
gentleman in literary work
:is eyes followed the high figure in homes"un, beard and bicycle,
a listening woman at his side 2oming from the vegetarian 5nly
weggebobbles and fruit 'onBt eat a beefsteak 3f you do the eyes of
that cow will "ursue you through all eternity They say itBs healthier
Dindandwatery though Tried it <ee" you on the run all day Bad as
a bloater 'reams all night Dhy do they call that thing they gave me
nutsteakC ;utarians 9ruitarians To give you the idea you are eating
rum"steak &bsurd 4alty too They cook in soda <ee" you sitting by the
ta" all night
:er stockings are loose over her ankles 3 detest that% so tasteless
Those literary etherial "eo"le they are all 'reamy, cloudy,
symbolistic Esthetes they are 3 wouldnBt be sur"rised if it was that
kind of food you see "roduces the like waves of the brain the "oetical
9or eEam"le one of those "olicemen sweating 3rish stew into their shirts
you couldnBt sAuee>e a line of "oetry out of him 'onBt know what "oetry
is even =ust be in a certain mood
?The dreamy cloudy gull
Daves oBer the waters dull?
:e crossed at ;assau street corner and stood before the window of !eates
and 4on, "ricing the fieldglasses 5r will 3 dro" into old :arrisBs and
have a chat with young 4inclairC Dellmannered fellow Probably at his
lunch =ust get those old glasses of mine set right Goer> lenses siE
guineas Germans making their way everywhere 4ell on easy terms to
ca"ture trade Undercutting =ight chance on a "air in the railway lost
"ro"erty office &stonishing the things "eo"le leave behind them in
trains and cloakrooms Dhat do they be thinking aboutC Domen too
3ncredible $ast year travelling to Ennis had to "ick u" that farmerBs
daughterBs ba and hand it to her at $imerick junction Unclaimed money
too ThereBs a little watch u" there on the roof of the bank to test
those glasses by
:is lids came down on the lower rims of his irides 2anBt see it 3f you
imagine itBs there you can almost see it 2anBt see it
:e faced about and, standing between the awnings, held out his right
hand at armBs length towards the sun Danted to try that often !es%
com"letely The ti" of his little finger blotted out the sunBs disk
=ust be the focus where the rays cross 3f 3 had black glasses
3nteresting There was a lot of talk about those suns"ots when we
were in $ombard street west $ooking u" from the back garden Terrific
eE"losions they are There will be a total ecli"se this year% autumn
some time
;ow that 3 come to think of it that ball falls at Greenwich time 3tBs
the clock is worked by an electric wire from 'unsink =ust go out there
some first 4aturday of the month 3f 3 could get an introduction to
"rofessor Joly or learn u" something about his family That would do to%
man always feels com"limented 9lattery where least eE"ected ;obleman
"roud to be descended from some kingBs mistress :is foremother $ay it
on with a trowel 2a" in hand goes through the land ;ot go in and blurt
out what you know youBre not to% whatBs "arallaEC 4how this gentleman
the door
:is hand fell to his side again
;ever know anything about it Daste of time Gasballs s"inning about,
crossing each other, "assing 4ame old dingdong always Gas% then solid%
then world% then cold% then dead shell drifting around, fro>en rock,
like that "inea""le rock The moon =ust be a new moon out, she said 3
believe there is
:e went on by la maison 2laire
Dait The full moon was the night we were 4unday fortnight eEactly there
is a new moon Dalking down by the Tolka ;ot bad for a 9airview moon
4he was humming The young =ay moon sheBs beaming, love :e other side
of her Elbow, arm :e GlowwormBs la#am" is gleaming, love Touch
9ingers &sking &nswer !es
4to" 4to" 3f it was it was =ust
=r Bloom, Auickbreathing, slowlier walking "assed &dam court
Dith a kee" Auiet relief his eyes took note this is the street here
middle of the day of Bob 'oranBs bottle shoulders 5n his annual bend,
= 2oy said They drink in order to say or do something or ?cherche> la
femme? U" in the 2oombe with chummies and streetwalkers and then the
rest of the year sober as a judge
!es Thought so 4lo"ing into the Em"ire Gone Plain soda would do him
good Dhere Pat <insella had his :ar" theatre before Dhitbred ran the
GueenBs Broth of a boy 'ion Boucicault business with his harvestmoon
face in a "oky bonnet Three Purty =aids from 4chool :ow time flies,
ehC 4howing long red "antaloons under his skirts 'rinkers, drinking,
laughed s"luttering, their drink against their breath =ore "ower, Pat
2oarse red% fun for drunkards% guffaw and smoke Take off that white
hat :is "arboiled eyes Dhere is he nowC Beggar somewhere The har"
that once did starve us all
3 was ha""ier then 5r was that 3C 5r am 3 now 3C Twentyeight 3 was 4he
twentythree Dhen we left $ombard street west something changed 2ould
never like it again after 1udy 2anBt bring back time $ike holding
water in your hand Dould you go back to thenC Just beginning then
Dould youC &re you not ha""y in your home you "oor little naughty boyC
Dants to sew on buttons for me 3 must answer Drite it in the library
Grafton street gay with housed awnings lured his senses =uslin "rints,
silkdames and dowagers, jingle of harnesses, hoofthuds lowringing in the
baking causeway Thick feet that woman has in the white stockings :o"e
the rain mucks them u" on her 2ountrybred chawbacon &ll the beef to
the heels were in &lways gives a woman clumsy feet =olly looks out of
:e "assed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers 2ascades
of ribbons 9limsy 2hina silks & tilted urn "oured from its mouth a
flood of bloodhued "o"lin% lustrous blood The huguenots brought that
here ?$a causa T santa?@ Tara tara Great chorus that Taree tara =ust
be washed in rainwater =eyerbeer Tara% bom bom bom
Pincushions 3Bm a long time threatening to buy one 4ticking them all
over the "lace ;eedles in window curtains
:e bared slightly his left forearm 4cra"e% nearly gone ;ot today
anyhow =ust go back for that lotion 9or her birthday "erha"s
Junejulyaugse"tember eighth ;early three months off Then she mightnBt
like it Domen wonBt "ick u" "ins 4ay it cuts lo
Gleaming silks, "etticoats on slim brass rails, rays of flat silk
Useless to go back :ad to be Tell me all
:igh voices 4unwarm silk Jingling harnesses &ll for a woman, home and
houses, silkwebs, silver, rich fruits s"icy from Jaffa &gendath ;etaim
Dealth of the world
& warm human "lum"ness settled down on his brain :is brain yielded
Perfume of embraces all him assailed Dith hungered flesh obscurely, he
mutely craved to adore
'uke street :ere we are =ust eat The Burton 9eel better then
:e turned 2ombridgeBs corner, still "ursued Jingling, hoofthuds
Perfumed bodies, warm, full &ll kissed, yielded% in dee" summer fields,
tangled "ressed grass, in trickling hallways of tenements, along sofas,
creaking beds
##Jack, love@
##<iss me, 1eggy@
##=y boy@
:is heart astir he "ushed in the door of the Burton restaurant 4tink
gri""ed his trembling breath% "ungent meatjuice, slush of greens 4ee
the animals feed
=en, men, men
Perched on high stools by the bar, hats shoved back, at the tables
calling for more bread no charge, swilling, wolfing gobfuls of slo""y
food, their eyes bulging, wi"ing wetted moustaches & "allid suetfaced
young man "olished his tumbler knife fork and s"oon with his na"kin ;ew
set of microbes & man with an infantBs saucestained na"kin tucked round
him shovelled gurgling sou" down his gullet & man s"itting back on his
"late% halfmasticated gristle% gums% no teeth to chewchewchew it 2hum"
cho" from the grill Bolting to get it over 4ad booserBs eyes Bitten
off more than he can chew &m 3 like thatC 4ee ourselves as others see
us :ungry man is an angry man Dorking tooth and jaw 'onBt@ 5@ & bone@
That last "agan king of 3reland 2ormac in the school"oem choked himself
at 4letty southward of the Boyne Donder what he was eating 4omething
galo"tious 4aint Patrick converted him to 2hristianity 2ouldnBt
swallow it all however
##1oast beef and cabbage
##5ne stew
4mells of men :is gorge rose 4"aton sawdust, sweetish warmish
cigarette smoke, reek of "lug, s"ilt beer, menBs beery "iss, the stale
of ferment
2ouldnBt eat a morsel here 9ellow shar"ening knife and fork to eat all
before him, old cha" "icking his tootles 4light s"asm, full, chewing
the cud Before and after Grace after meals $ook on this "icture then
on that 4coffing u" stewgravy with so""ing si""ets of bread $ick it
off the "late, man@ Get out of this
:e ga>ed round the stooled and tabled eaters, tightening the wings of
his nose
##Two stouts here
##5ne corned and cabbage
That fellow ramming a knifeful of cabbage down as if his life de"ended
on it Good stroke Give me the fidgets to look 4afer to eat from his
three hands Tear it limb from limb 4econd nature to him Born with a
silver knife in his mouth ThatBs witty, 3 think 5r no 4ilver means
born rich Born with a knife But then the allusion is lost
&n illgirt server gathered sticky clattering "lates 1ock, the head
bailiff, standing at the bar blew the foamy crown from his tankard Dell
u"% it s"lashed yellow near his boot & diner, knife and fork u"right,
elbows on table, ready for a second hel"ing stared towards the foodlift
across his stained sAuare of news"a"er 5ther cha" telling him something
with his mouth full 4ym"athetic listener Table talk 3 munched hum un
thu Unchster Bunk un =unchday :aC 'id you, faithC
=r Bloom raised two fingers doubtfully to his li"s :is eyes said%
##;ot here 'onBt see him
5ut 3 hate dirty eaters
:e backed towards the door Get a light snack in 'avy ByrneBs 4to"ga"
<ee" me going :ad a good breakfast
##1oast and mashed here
##Pint of stout
Every fellow for his own, tooth and nail Gul" Grub Gul" Gobstuff
:e came out into clearer air and turned back towards Grafton street Eat
or be eaten <ill@ <ill@
4u""ose that communal kitchen years to come "erha"s &ll trotting down
with "orringers and tommycans to be filled 'evour contents in the
street John :oward Parnell eEam"le the "rovost of Trinity every
motherBs son donBt talk of your "rovosts and "rovost of Trinity women
and children cabmen "riests "arsons fieldmarshals archbisho"s 9rom
&ilesbury road, 2lyde road, artisansB dwellings, north 'ublin union,
lord mayor in his gingerbread coach, old Aueen in a bathchair =y
"lateBs em"ty &fter you with our incor"orated drinkingcu" $ike sir
Phili" 2ram"tonBs fountain 1ub off the microbes with your handkerchief
;eEt cha" rubs on a new batch with his 9ather 5B9lynn would make
hares of them all :ave rows all the same &ll for number one 2hildren
fighting for the scra"ings of the "ot Dant a sou""ot as big as the
PhoeniE "ark :ar"ooning flitches and hindAuarters out of it :ate
"eo"le all round you 2ity &rms hotel ?table dBhUte? she called it
4ou", joint and sweet ;ever know whose thoughts youBre chewing Then
whoBd wash u" all the "lates and forksC =ight be all feeding on tabloids
that time Teeth getting worse and worse
&fter all thereBs a lot in that vegetarian fine flavour of things from
the earth garlic of course it stinks after 3talian organgrinders cris"
of onions mushrooms truffles Pain to the animal too Pluck and draw
fowl Dretched brutes there at the cattlemarket waiting for the "oleaEe
to s"lit their skulls o"en =oo Poor trembling calves =eh 4taggering
bob Bubble and sAueak ButchersB buckets wobbly lights Give us that
brisket off the hook Plu" 1awhead and bloody bones 9layed glasseyed
shee" hung from their haunches, shee"snouts bloody"a"ered snivelling
nosejam on sawdust To" and lashers going out 'onBt maul them "ieces,
young one
:ot fresh blood they "rescribe for decline Blood always needed
3nsidious $ick it u" smokinghot, thick sugary 9amished ghosts
&h, 3Bm hungry
:e entered 'avy ByrneBs =oral "ub :e doesnBt chat 4tands a drink now
and then But in lea"year once in four 2ashed a cheAue for me once
Dhat will 3 take nowC :e drew his watch $et me see now 4handygaffC
##:ello, Bloom, ;osey 9lynn said from his nook
##:ello, 9lynn
##:owBs thingsC
##Ti"to" $et me see 3Bll take a glass of burgundy and let me
4ardines on the shelves &lmost taste them by looking 4andwichC :am
and his descendants musterred and bred there Potted meats Dhat is home
without PlumtreeBs "otted meatC 3ncom"lete Dhat a stu"id ad@ Under the
obituary notices they stuck it &ll u" a "lumtree 'ignamBs "otted meat
2annibals would with lemon and rice Dhite missionary too salty $ike
"ickled "ork EE"ect the chief consumes the "arts of honour 5ught to be
tough from eEercise :is wives in a row to watch the effect ?There was
a right royal old nigger Dho ate or something the somethings of the
reverend =r =acTrigger? Dith it an abode of bliss $ord knows what
concoction 2auls mouldy tri"es wind"i"es faked and minced u" Pu>>le
find the meat <osher ;o meat and milk together :ygiene that was what
they call now !om <i""ur fast s"ring cleaning of inside Peace and
war de"end on some fellowBs digestion 1eligions 2hristmas turkeys and
geese 4laughter of innocents Eat drink and be merry Then casual wards
full after :eads bandaged 2heese digests all but itself =ity cheese
##:ave you a cheese sandwichC
##!es, sir
$ike a few olives too if they had them 3talian 3 "refer Good glass of
burgundy take away that $ubricate & nice salad, cool as a cucumber,
Tom <ernan can dress Puts gusto into it Pure olive oil =illy served
me that cutlet with a s"rig of "arsley Take one 4"anish onion God made
food, the devil the cooks 'evilled crab
##Dife wellC
##Guite well, thanks & cheese sandwich, then Gorgon>ola, have youC
##!es, sir
;osey 9lynn si""ed his grog
##'oing any singing those timesC
$ook at his mouth 2ould whistle in his own ear 9la" ears to match
=usic <nows as much about it as my coachman 4till better tell him
'oes no harm 9ree ad
##4heBs engaged for a big tour end of this month !ou may have heard
##;o 5, thatBs the style DhoBs getting it u"C
The curate served
##:ow much is thatC
##4even d, sir Thank you, sir
=r Bloom cut his sandwich into slender stri"s ?=r =acTrigger? Easier
than the dreamy creamy stuff ?:is five hundred wives :ad the time of
their lives?
##=ustard, sirC
##Thank you
:e studded under each lifted stri" yellow blobs ?Their lives? 3 have
it ?3t grew bigger and bigger and bigger?
##Getting it u"C he said Dell, itBs like a com"any idea, you see Part
shares and "art "rofits
##&y, now 3 remember, ;osey 9lynn said, "utting his hand in his "ocket
to scratch his groin Dho is this was telling meC 3snBt Bla>es Boylan
miEed u" in itC
& warm shock of air heat of mustard hanched on =r BloomBs heart :e
raised his eyes and met the stare of a bilious clock Two Pub clock
five minutes fast Time going on :ands moving Two ;ot yet
:is midriff yearned then u"ward, sank within him, yearned more longly,
:e smellsi""ed the cordial juice and, bidding his throat strongly to
s"eed it, set his wineglass delicately down
##!es, he said :eBs the organiser in "oint of fact
;o fear% no brains
;osey 9lynn snuffled and scratched 9lea having a good sAuare meal
##:e had a good slice of luck, Jack =ooney was telling me, over that
boEingmatch =yler <eogh won again that soldier in the Portobello
barracks By God, he had the little ki""er down in the county 2arlow he
was telling me
:o"e that dewdro" doesnBt come down into his glass ;o, snuffled it u"
##9or near a month, man, before it came off 4ucking duck eggs by God
till further orders <ee" him off the boose, seeC 5, by God, Bla>es is a
hairy cha"
'avy Byrne came forward from the hindbar in tuckstitched shirtsleeves,
cleaning his li"s with two wi"es of his na"kin :erringBs blush Dhose
smile u"on each feature "lays with such and such re"lete Too much fat
on the "arsni"s
##&nd hereBs himself and "e""er on him, ;osey 9lynn said 2an you give
us a good one for the Gold cu"C
##3Bm off that, =r 9lynn, 'avy Byrne answered 3 never "ut anything on a
##!ouBre right there, ;osey 9lynn said
=r Bloom ate his stri"s of sandwich, fresh clean bread, with relish of
disgust "ungent mustard, the feety savour of green cheese 4i"s of his
wine soothed his "alate ;ot logwood that Tastes fuller this weather
with the chill off
;ice Auiet bar ;ice "iece of wood in that counter ;icely "laned $ike
the way it curves there
##3 wouldnBt do anything at all in that line, 'avy Byrne said 3t ruined
many a man, the same horses
HintnersB swee"stake $icensed for the sale of beer, wine and s"irits
for consum"tion on the "remises :eads 3 win tails you lose
##True for you, ;osey 9lynn said Unless youBre in the know ThereBs
no straight s"ort going now $enehan gets some good ones :eBs giving
4ce"tre today FinfandelBs the favourite, lord :oward de DaldenBs, won
at E"som =orny 2annon is riding him 3 could have got seven to one
against 4aint &mant a fortnight before
##That soC 'avy Byrne said
:e went towards the window and, taking u" the "ettycash book, scanned
its "ages
##3 could, faith, ;osey 9lynn said, snuffling That was a rare bit of
horseflesh 4aint 9rusAuin was her sire 4he won in a thunderstorm,
1othschildBs filly, with wadding in her ears Blue jacket and yellow
ca" Bad luck to big Ben 'ollard and his John 5BGaunt :e "ut me off it
:e drank resignedly from his tumbler, running his fingers down the
##&y, he said, sighing
=r Bloom, cham"ing, standing, looked u"on his sigh ;osey numbskull
Dill 3 tell him that horse $enehanC :e knows already Better let him
forget Go and lose more 9ool and his money 'ewdro" coming down again
2old nose heBd have kissing a woman 4till they might like Prickly
beards they like 'ogsB cold noses 5ld =rs 1iordan with the rumbling
stomachBs 4kye terrier in the 2ity &rms hotel =olly fondling him in her
la" 5, the big doggybowwowsywowsy@
Dine soaked and softened rolled "ith of bread mustard a moment mawkish
cheese ;ice wine it is Taste it better because 3Bm not thirsty Bath
of course does that Just a bite or two Then about siE oBclock 3 can
4iE 4iE Time will be gone then 4he
=ild fire of wine kindled his veins 3 wanted that badly 9elt so
off colour :is eyes unhungrily saw shelves of tins% sardines, gaudy
lobstersB claws &ll the odd things "eo"le "ick u" for food 5ut of
shells, "eriwinkles with a "in, off trees, snails out of the ground the
9rench eat, out of the sea with bait on a hook 4illy fish learn nothing
in a thousand years 3f you didnBt know risky "utting anything into your
mouth Poisonous berries Johnny =agories 1oundness you think good
Gaudy colour warns you off 5ne fellow told another and so on Try it
on the dog first $ed on by the smell or the look Tem"ting fruit
3ce cones 2ream 3nstinct 5rangegroves for instance ;eed artificial
irrigation Bleibtreustrasse !es but what about oysters Unsightly like
a clot of "hlegm 9ilthy shells 'evil to o"en them too Dho found them
outC Garbage, sewage they feed on 9i>> and 1ed bank oysters Effect
on the seEual &"hrodis :e was in the 1ed Bank this morning Das he
oysters old fish at table "erha"s he young flesh in bed no June has
no ar no oysters But there are "eo"le like things high Tainted game
Jugged hare 9irst catch your hare 2hinese eating eggs fifty years old,
blue and green again 'inner of thirty courses Each dish harmless might
miE inside 3dea for a "oison mystery That archduke $eo"old was it no
yes or was it 5tto one of those :absburgsC 5r who was it used to eat the
scruff off his own headC 2hea"est lunch in town 5f course aristocrats,
then the others co"y to be in the fashion =illy too rock oil and flour
1aw "astry 3 like myself :alf the catch of oysters they throw back in
the sea to kee" u" the "rice 2hea" no#one would buy 2aviare 'o the
grand :ock in green glasses 4well blowout $ady this Powdered bosom
"earls The ?Nlite 2rTme de la crTme? They want s"ecial dishes to
"retend theyBre :ermit with a "latter of "ulse kee" down the stings
of the flesh <now me come eat with me 1oyal sturgeon high sheriff,
2offey, the butcher, right to venisons of the forest from his eE 4end
him back the half of a cow 4"read 3 saw down in the =aster of the
1ollsB kitchen area Dhitehatted ?chef? like a rabbi 2ombustible duck
2urly cabbage ?P la duchesse de Parme? Just as well to write it on the
bill of fare so you can know what youBve eaten Too many drugs s"oil the
broth 3 know it myself 'osing it with EdwardsB desiccated sou" Geese
stuffed silly for them $obsters boiled alive 'o "take some "tarmigan
DouldnBt mind being a waiter in a swell hotel Ti"s, evening dress,
halfnaked ladies =ay 3 tem"t you to a little more filleted lemon sole,
miss 'ubedatC !es, do bedad &nd she did bedad :uguenot name 3 eE"ect
that & miss 'ubedat lived in <illiney, 3 remember ?'u, de la? 9rench
4till itBs the same fish "erha"s old =icky :anlon of =oore street ri""ed
the guts out of making money hand over fist finger in fishesB gills
canBt write his name on a cheAue think he was "ainting the landsca"e
with his mouth twisted =oooikill & &itcha :a ignorant as a kish of
brogues, worth fifty thousand "ounds
4tuck on the "ane two flies bu>>ed, stuck
Glowing wine on his "alate lingered swallowed 2rushing in the wine"ress
gra"es of Burgundy 4unBs heat it is 4eems to a secret touch telling me
memory Touched his sense moistened remembered :idden under wild ferns
on :owth below us bay slee"ing% sky ;o sound The sky The bay "ur"le
by the $ionBs head Green by 'rumleck !ellowgreen towards 4utton
9ields of undersea, the lines faint brown in grass, buried cities
Pillowed on my coat she had her hair, earwigs in the heather scrub
my hand under her na"e, youBll toss me all 5 wonder@ 2oolsoft with
ointments her hand touched me, caressed% her eyes u"on me did not turn
away 1avished over her 3 lay, full li"s full o"en, kissed her mouth
!um 4oftly she gave me in my mouth the seedcake warm and chewed
=awkish "ul" her mouth had mumbled sweetsour of her s"ittle Joy% 3 ate
it% joy !oung life, her li"s that gave me "outing 4oft warm sticky
gumjelly li"s 9lowers her eyes were, take me, willing eyes Pebbles
fell 4he lay still & goat ;o#one :igh on Ben :owth rhododendrons a
nannygoat walking surefooted, dro""ing currants 4creened under ferns
she laughed warmfolded Dildly 3 lay on her, kissed her% eyes, her li"s,
her stretched neck beating, womanBs breasts full in her blouse of nunBs
veiling, fat ni""les u"right :ot 3 tongued her 4he kissed me 3 was
kissed &ll yielding she tossed my hair <issed, she kissed me
=e &nd me now
4tuck, the flies bu>>ed
:is downcast eyes followed the silent veining of the oaken slab Beauty%
it curves% curves are beauty 4ha"ely goddesses, Henus, Juno% curves the
world admires 2an see them library museum standing in the round hall,
naked goddesses &ids to digestion They donBt care what man looks &ll
to see ;ever s"eaking 3 mean to say to fellows like 9lynn 4u""ose she
did Pygmalion and Galatea what would she say firstC =ortal@ Put you in
your "ro"er "lace Guaffing nectar at mess with gods golden dishes, all
ambrosial ;ot like a tanner lunch we have, boiled mutton, carrots and
turni"s, bottle of &llso" ;ectar imagine it drinking electricity% godsB
food $ovely forms of women scul"ed Junonian 3mmortal lovely &nd we
stuffing food in one hole and out behind% food, chyle, blood, dung,
earth, food% have to feed it like stoking an engine They have no ;ever
looked 3Bll look today <ee"er wonBt see Bend down let something dro"
see if she
'ribbling a Auiet message from his bladder came to go to do not to
do there to do & man and ready he drained his glass to the lees and
walked, to men too they gave themselves, manly conscious, lay with men
lovers, a youth enjoyed her, to the yard
Dhen the sound of his boots had ceased 'avy Byrne said from his book%
##Dhat is this he isC 3snBt he in the insurance lineC
##:eBs out of that long ago, ;osey 9lynn said :e does canvassing for
the ?9reeman?
##3 know him well to see, 'avy Byrne said 3s he in troubleC
##TroubleC ;osey 9lynn said ;ot that 3 heard of DhyC
##3 noticed he was in mourning
##Das heC ;osey 9lynn said 4o he was, faith 3 asked him how was all at
home !ouBre right, by God 4o he was
##3 never broach the subject, 'avy Byrne said humanely, if 3 see a
gentleman is in trouble that way 3t only brings it u" fresh in their
##3tBs not the wife anyhow, ;osey 9lynn said 3 met him the day before
yesterday and he coming out of that 3rish farm dairy John Dyse ;olanBs
wife has in :enry street with a jar of cream in his hand taking it home
to his better half 4heBs well nourished, 3 tell you Plovers on toast
##&nd is he doing for the ?9reemanC? 'avy Byrne said
;osey 9lynn "ursed his li"s
###:e doesnBt buy cream on the ads he "icks u" !ou can make bacon of
##:ow soC 'avy Byrne asked, coming from his book
;osey 9lynn made swift "asses in the air with juggling fingers :e
##:eBs in the craft, he said
###'o you tell me soC 'avy Byrne said
##Hery much so, ;osey 9lynn said &ncient free and acce"ted order :eBs
an eEcellent brother $ight, life and love, by God They give him a leg
u" 3 was told that by a##well, 3 wonBt say who
##3s that a factC
##5, itBs a fine order, ;osey 9lynn said They stick to you when youBre
down 3 know a fellow was trying to get into it But theyBre as close as
damn it By God they did right to kee" the women out of it
'avy Byrne smiledyawnednodded all in one%
##There was one woman, ;osey 9lynn said, hid herself in a clock to find
out what they do be doing But be damned but they smelt her out and
swore her in on the s"ot a master mason That was one of the saint
$egers of 'oneraile
'avy Byrne, sated after his yawn, said with tearwashed eyes%
##&nd is that a factC 'ecent Auiet man he is 3 often saw him in here
and 3 never once saw him##you know, over the line
##God &lmighty couldnBt make him drunk, ;osey 9lynn said firmly 4li"s
off when the fun gets too hot 'idnBt you see him look at his watchC &h,
you werenBt there 3f you ask him to have a drink first thing he does
he outs with the watch to see what he ought to imbibe 'eclare to God he
##There are some like that, 'avy Byrne said :eBs a safe man, 3Bd say
##:eBs not too bad, ;osey 9lynn said, snuffling it u" :eBs been known
to "ut his hand down too to hel" a fellow Give the devil his due 5,
Bloom has his good "oints But thereBs one thing heBll never do
:is hand scrawled a dry "en signature beside his grog
##3 know, 'avy Byrne said
##;othing in black and white, ;osey 9lynn said
Paddy $eonard and Bantam $yons came in Tom 1ochford followed frowning,
a "laining hand on his claret waistcoat
##'ay, =r Byrne
##'ay, gentlemen
They "aused at the counter
##DhoBs standingC Paddy $eonard asked
##3Bm sitting anyhow, ;osey 9lynn answered
##Dell, whatBll it beC Paddy $eonard asked
##3Bll take a stone ginger, Bantam $yons said
##:ow muchC Paddy $eonard cried 4ince when, for GodB sakeC DhatBs
yours, TomC
##:ow is the main drainageC ;osey 9lynn asked, si""ing
9or answer Tom 1ochford "ressed his hand to his breastbone and
##Dould 3 trouble you for a glass of fresh water, =r ByrneC he said
##2ertainly, sir
Paddy $eonard eyed his alemates
##$ord love a duck, he said $ook at what 3Bm standing drinks to@ 2old
water and ginger"o"@ Two fellows that would suck whisky off a sore leg
:e has some bloody horse u" his sleeve for the Gold cu" & dead sni"
##Finfandel is itC ;osey 9lynn asked
Tom 1ochford s"ilt "owder from a twisted "a"er into the water set before
##That cursed dys"e"sia, he said before drinking
##Breadsoda is very good, 'avy Byrne said
Tom 1ochford nodded and drank
##3s it FinfandelC
##4ay nothing@ Bantam $yons winked 3Bm going to "lunge five bob on my
##Tell us if youBre worth your salt and be damned to you, Paddy $eonard
said Dho gave it to youC
=r Bloom on his way out raised three fingers in greeting
##4o long@ ;osey 9lynn said
The others turned
##ThatBs the man now that gave it to me, Bantam $yons whis"ered
##Prrwht@ Paddy $eonard said with scorn =r Byrne, sir, weBll take two
of your small Jamesons after that and a
##4tone ginger, 'avy Byrne added civilly
##&y, Paddy $eonard said & suckingbottle for the baby
=r Bloom walked towards 'awson street, his tongue brushing his teeth
smooth 4omething green it would have to be% s"inach, say Then with
those 1ontgen rays searchlight you could
&t 'uke lane a ravenous terrier choked u" a sick knuckly cud on the
cobblestones and la""ed it with new >est 4urfeit 1eturned with thanks
having fully digested the contents 9irst sweet then savoury =r Bloom
coasted warily 1uminants :is second course Their u""er jaw they move
Donder if Tom 1ochford will do anything with that invention of hisC
Dasting time eE"laining it to 9lynnBs mouth $ean "eo"le long mouths
5ught to be a hall or a "lace where inventors could go in and invent
free 2ourse then youBd have all the cranks "estering
:e hummed, "rolonging in solemn echo the closes of the bars%
?'on Giovanni, a cenar teco =Binvitasti?
9eel better Burgundy Good "ick me u" Dho distilled firstC 4ome cha"
in the blues 'utch courage That ?<ilkenny Peo"le? in the national
library now 3 must
Bare clean closestools waiting in the window of Dilliam =iller, "lumber,
turned back his thoughts They could% and watch it all the way down,
swallow a "in sometimes come out of the ribs years after, tour round the
body changing biliary duct s"leen sAuirting liver gastric juice coils of
intestines like "i"es But the "oor buffer would have to stand all the
time with his insides entrails on show 4cience
##?& cenar teco?
Dhat does that ?teco? meanC Tonight "erha"s
?'on Giovanni, thou hast me invited
To come to su""er tonight,
The rum the rumdum?
'oesnBt go "ro"erly
<eyes% two months if 3 get ;annetti to ThatBll be two "ounds ten about
two "ounds eight Three :ynes owes me Two eleven PrescottBs dyeworks
van over there 3f 3 get Billy PrescottBs ad% two fifteen 9ive guineas
about 5n the "igBs back
2ould buy one of those silk "etticoats for =olly, colour of her new
Today Today ;ot think
Tour the south then Dhat about English watering"lacesC Brighton,
=argate Piers by moonlight :er voice floating out Those lovely
seaside girls &gainst John $ongBs a drowsing loafer lounged in heavy
thought, gnawing a crusted knuckle :andy man wants job 4mall wages
Dill eat anything
=r Bloom turned at GrayBs confectionerBs window of unbought tarts and
"assed the reverend Thomas 2onnellanBs bookstore ?Dhy 3 left the church
of 1omeC BirdsB ;est? Domen run him They say they used to give "au"er
children sou" to change to "rotestants in the time of the "otato blight
4ociety over the way "a"a went to for the conversion of "oor jews 4ame
bait Dhy we left the church of 1ome
& blind stri"ling stood ta""ing the curbstone with his slender cane ;o
tram in sight Dants to cross
##'o you want to crossC =r Bloom asked
The blind stri"ling did not answer :is wallface frowned weakly :e
moved his head uncertainly
##!ouBre in 'awson street, =r Bloom said =olesworth street is o""osite
'o you want to crossC ThereBs nothing in the way
The cane moved out trembling to the left =r BloomBs eye followed its
line and saw again the dyeworksB van drawn u" before 'ragoBs Dhere 3
saw his brillantined hair just when 3 was :orse droo"ing 'river in
John $ongBs 4laking his drouth
##ThereBs a van there, =r Bloom said, but itBs not moving 3Bll see you
across 'o you want to go to =olesworth streetC
##!es, the stri"ling answered 4outh 9rederick street
##2ome, =r Bloom said
:e touched the thin elbow gently% then took the lim" seeing hand to
guide it forward
4ay something to him Better not do the condescending They mistrust
what you tell them Pass a common remark
##The rain ke"t off
;o answer
4tains on his coat 4lobbers his food, 3 su""ose Tastes all different
for him :ave to be s"oonfed first $ike a childBs hand, his hand $ike
=illyBs was 4ensitive 4i>ing me u" 3 daresay from my hand Donder
if he has a name Han <ee" his cane clear of the horseBs legs% tired
drudge get his do>e ThatBs right 2lear Behind a bull% in front of a
##Thanks, sir
<nows 3Bm a man Hoice
##1ight nowC 9irst turn to the left
The blind stri"ling ta""ed the curbstone and went on his way, drawing
his cane back, feeling again
=r Bloom walked behind the eyeless feet, a flatcut suit of herringbone
tweed Poor young fellow@ :ow on earth did he know that van was thereC
=ust have felt it 4ee things in their forehead "erha"s% kind of sense
of volume Deight or si>e of it, something blacker than the dark Donder
would he feel it if something was removed 9eel a ga" Gueer idea of
'ublin he must have, ta""ing his way round by the stones 2ould he walk
in a beeline if he hadnBt that caneC Bloodless "ious face like a fellow
going in to be a "riest
Penrose@ That was that cha"Bs name
$ook at all the things they can learn to do 1ead with their fingers
Tune "ianos 5r we are sur"rised they have any brains Dhy we think a
deformed "erson or a hunchback clever if he says something we might say
5f course the other senses are more Embroider Plait baskets Peo"le
ought to hel" Dorkbasket 3 could buy for =ollyBs birthday :ates
sewing =ight take an objection 'ark men they call them
4ense of smell must be stronger too 4mells on all sides, bunched
together Each street different smell Each "erson too Then the s"ring,
the summer% smells TastesC They say you canBt taste wines with your
eyes shut or a cold in the head &lso smoke in the dark they say get no
&nd with a woman, for instance =ore shameless not seeing That girl
"assing the 4tewart institution, head in the air $ook at me 3 have
them all on =ust be strange not to see her <ind of a form in his
mindBs eye The voice, tem"eratures% when he touches her with his
fingers must almost see the lines, the curves :is hands on her hair,
for instance 4ay it was black, for instance Good De call it black
Then "assing over her white skin 'ifferent feel "erha"s 9eeling of
Postoffice =ust answer 9ag today 4end her a "ostal order two
shillings, half a crown &cce"t my little "resent 4tationerBs just here
too Dait Think over it
Dith a gentle finger he felt ever so slowly the hair combed back above
his ears &gain 9ibres of fine fine straw Then gently his finger felt
the skin of his right cheek 'owny hair there too ;ot smooth enough
The belly is the smoothest ;o#one about There he goes into 9rederick
street Perha"s to $evenstonBs dancing academy "iano =ight be settling
my braces
Dalking by 'oranBs "ublichouse he slid his hand between his waistcoat
and trousers and, "ulling aside his shirt gently, felt a slack fold of
his belly But 3 know itBs whitey yellow Dant to try in the dark to
:e withdrew his hand and "ulled his dress to
Poor fellow@ Guite a boy Terrible 1eally terrible Dhat dreams would
he have, not seeingC $ife a dream for him Dhere is the justice being
born that wayC &ll those women and children eEcursion beanfeast burned
and drowned in ;ew !ork :olocaust <arma they call that transmigration
for sins you did in a "ast life the reincarnation met him "ike hoses
'ear, dear, dear Pity, of course% but somehow you canBt cotton on to
them someway
4ir 9rederick 9alkiner going into the freemasonsB hall 4olemn as Troy
&fter his good lunch in Earlsfort terrace 5ld legal cronies cracking
a magnum Tales of the bench and assi>es and annals of the bluecoat
school 3 sentenced him to ten years 3 su""ose heBd turn u" his nose
at that stuff 3 drank Hintage wine for them, the year marked on a
dusty bottle :as his own ideas of justice in the recorderBs court
Dellmeaning old man Police chargesheets crammed with cases get their
"ercentage manufacturing crime 4ends them to the rightabout The devil
on moneylenders Gave 1euben J a great strawcalling ;ow heBs really
what they call a dirty jew Power those judges have 2rusty old to"ers
in wigs Bear with a sore "aw &nd may the $ord have mercy on your soul
:ello, "lacard =irus ba>aar :is EEcellency the lord lieutenant
4iEteenth Today it is 3n aid of funds for =ercerBs hos"ital ?The
=essiah? was first given for that !es :andel Dhat about going out
there% Ballsbridge 'ro" in on <eyes ;o use sticking to him like a
leech Dear out my welcome 4ure to know someone on the gate
=r Bloom came to <ildare street 9irst 3 must $ibrary
4traw hat in sunlight Tan shoes Turnedu" trousers 3t is 3t is
:is heart Auo""ed softly To the right =useum Goddesses :e swerved to
the right
3s itC &lmost certain DonBt look Dine in my face Dhy did 3C Too
heady !es, it is The walk ;ot see Get on
=aking for the museum gate with long windy ste"s he lifted his eyes
:andsome building 4ir Thomas 'eane designed ;ot following meC
'idnBt see me "erha"s $ight in his eyes
The flutter of his breath came forth in short sighs Guick 2old
statues% Auiet there 4afe in a minute
;o 'idnBt see me &fter two Just at the gate
=y heart@
:is eyes beating looked steadfastly at cream curves of stone 4ir Thomas
'eane was the Greek architecture
$ook for something 3
:is hasty hand went Auick into a "ocket, took out, read unfolded
&gendath ;etaim Dhere did 3C
Busy looking
:e thrust back Auick &gendath
&fternoon she said
3 am looking for that !es, that Try all "ockets :andker ?9reeman?
Dhere did 3C &h, yes Trousers Potato Purse DhereC
:urry Dalk Auietly =oment more =y heart
:is hand looking for the where did 3 "ut found in his hi" "ocket soa"
lotion have to call te"id "a"er stuck &h soa" there 3 yes Gate
Urbane, to comfort them, the Auaker librarian "urred%
##&nd we have, have we not, those "riceless "ages of ?Dilhelm =eister?
& great "oet on a great brother "oet & hesitating soul taking arms
against a sea of troubles, torn by conflicting doubts, as one sees in
real life
:e came a ste" a sinka"ace forward on neatsleather creaking and a ste"
backward a sinka"ace on the solemn floor
& noiseless attendant setting o"en the door but slightly made him a
noiseless beck
##'irectly, said he, creaking to go, albeit lingering The beautiful
ineffectual dreamer who comes to grief against hard facts 5ne always
feels that GoetheBs judgments are so true True in the larger analysis
Twicreakingly analysis he corantoed off Bald, most >ealous by the door
he gave his large ear all to the attendantBs words% heard them% and was
Two left
##=onsieur de la Palice, 4te"hen sneered, was alive fifteen minutes
before his death
##:ave you found those siE brave medicals, John Eglinton asked with
elderBs gall, to write ?Paradise $ost? at your dictationC ?The 4orrows
of 4atan? he calls it
4mile 4mile 2ranlyBs smile
?9irst he tickled her
Then he "atted her
Then he "assed the female catheter
9or he was a medical
Jolly old medi?
##3 feel you would need one more for ?:amlet? 4even is dear to the
mystic mind The shining seven DB calls them
Glittereyed his rufous skull close to his greenca""ed desklam" sought
the face bearded amid darkgreener shadow, an ollav, holyeyed :e laughed
low% a si>arBs laugh of Trinity% unanswered
?5rchestral 4atan, wee"ing many a rood
Tears such as angels wee"
Ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta?
:e holds my follies hostage
2ranlyBs eleven true Dicklowmen to free their sireland Ga"toothed
<athleen, her four beautiful green fields, the stranger in her house
&nd one more to hail him% ?ave, rabbi?% the Tinahely twelve 3n the
shadow of the glen he cooees for them =y soulBs youth 3 gave him, night
by night God s"eed Good hunting
=ulligan has my telegram
9olly Persist
##5ur young 3rish bards, John Eglinton censured, have yet to create a
figure which the world will set beside 4aEon 4hakes"eareBs :amlet though
3 admire him, as old Ben did, on this side idolatry
##&ll these Auestions are "urely academic, 1ussell oracled out of his
shadow 3 mean, whether :amlet is 4hakes"eare or James 3 or EsseE
2lergymenBs discussions of the historicity of Jesus &rt has to reveal
to us ideas, formless s"iritual essences The su"reme Auestion about a
work of art is out of how dee" a life does it s"ring The "ainting of
Gustave =oreau is the "ainting of ideas The dee"est "oetry of 4helley,
the words of :amlet bring our minds into contact with the eternal
wisdom, PlatoBs world of ideas &ll the rest is the s"eculation of
schoolboys for schoolboys
& E has been telling some yankee interviewer Dall, tarnation strike
##The schoolmen were schoolboys first, 4te"hen said su"er"olitely
&ristotle was once PlatoBs schoolboy
##&nd has remained so, one should ho"e, John Eglinton sedately said 5ne
can see him, a model schoolboy with his di"loma under his arm
:e laughed again at the now smiling bearded face
9ormless s"iritual 9ather, Dord and :oly Breath &llfather, the
heavenly man :iesos <ristos, magician of the beautiful, the $ogos who
suffers in us at every moment This verily is that 3 am the fire u"on
the altar 3 am the sacrificial butter
'unlo", Judge, the noblest 1oman of them all, &E, &rval, the ;ame
3neffable, in heaven hight% <:, their master, whose identity is no
secret to ade"ts Brothers of the great white lodge always watching
to see if they can hel" The 2hrist with the bridesister, moisture of
light, born of an ensouled virgin, re"entant so"hia, de"arted to the
"lane of buddhi The life esoteric is not for ordinary "erson 5P
must work off bad karma first =rs 2oo"er 5akley once glim"sed our very
illustrious sister :PBBs elemental
5, fie@ 5ut onBt@ ?Pfuiteufel@? !ou naughtnBt to look, missus, so you
naughtnBt when a ladyBs ashowing of her elemental
=r Best entered, tall, young, mild, light :e bore in his hand with
grace a notebook, new, large, clean, bright
##That model schoolboy, 4te"hen said, would find :amletBs musings about
the afterlife of his "rincely soul, the im"robable, insignificant and
undramatic monologue, as shallow as PlatoBs
John Eglinton, frowning, said, waEing wroth%
##U"on my word it makes my blood boil to hear anyone com"are &ristotle
with Plato
##Dhich of the two, 4te"hen asked, would have banished me from his
Unsheathe your dagger definitions :orseness is the whatness of
allhorse 4treams of tendency and eons they worshi" God% noise in the
street% very "eri"atetic 4"ace% what you damn well have to see Through
s"aces smaller than red globules of manBs blood they cree"ycrawl after
BlakeBs buttocks into eternity of which this vegetable world is but a
shadow :old to the now, the here, through which all future "lunges to
the "ast
=r Best came forward, amiable, towards his colleague
##:aines is gone, he said
##3s heC
##3 was showing him JubainvilleBs book :eBs Auite enthusiastic, donBt
you know, about :ydeBs ?$ovesongs of 2onnacht? 3 couldnBt bring him in
to hear the discussion :eBs gone to GillBs to buy it
?Bound thee forth, my booklet, Auick
To greet the callous "ublic
Drit, 3 ween, Btwas not my wish
3n lean unlovely English?
##The "eatsmoke is going to his head, John Eglinton o"ined
De feel in England Penitent thief Gone 3 smoked his baccy Green
twinkling stone &n emerald set in the ring of the sea
##Peo"le do not know how dangerous lovesongs can be, the auric egg of
1ussell warned occultly The movements which work revolutions in the
world are born out of the dreams and visions in a "easantBs heart on the
hillside 9or them the earth is not an eE"loitable ground but the
living mother The rarefied air of the academy and the arena "roduce the
siEshilling novel, the musichall song 9rance "roduces the finest flower
of corru"tion in =allarme but the desirable life is revealed only to the
"oor of heart, the life of :omerBs Phaeacians
9rom these words =r Best turned an unoffending face to 4te"hen
##=allarme, donBt you know, he said, has written those wonderful "rose
"oems 4te"hen =ac<enna used to read to me in Paris The one about
?:amlet? :e says% ?il se "romTne, lisant au livre de lui#mVme?, donBt
you know, ?reading the book of himself? :e describes ?:amlet? given in
a 9rench town, donBt you know, a "rovincial town They advertised it
:is free hand graciously wrote tiny signs in air
$E '34T1&3T
PiTce de 4hakes"eare?
:e re"eated to John EglintonBs newgathered frown%
##?PiTce de 4hakes"eare?, donBt you know 3tBs so 9rench The 9rench
"oint of view ?:amlet ou?
##The absentminded beggar, 4te"hen ended
John Eglinton laughed
##!es, 3 su""ose it would be, he said EEcellent "eo"le, no doubt, but
distressingly shortsighted in some matters
4um"tuous and stagnant eEaggeration of murder
##& deathsman of the soul 1obert Greene called him, 4te"hen said ;ot
for nothing was he a butcherBs son, wielding the sledded "oleaEe and
s"itting in his "alms ;ine lives are taken off for his fatherBs one
5ur 9ather who art in "urgatory <haki :amlets donBt hesitate to
shoot The bloodboltered shambles in act five is a forecast of the
concentration cam" sung by =r 4winburne
2ranly, 3 his mute orderly, following battles from afar
?Dhel"s and dams of murderous foes whom none But we had s"ared?
Between the 4aEon smile and yankee yaw" The devil and the dee" sea
##:e will have it that ?:amlet? is a ghoststory, John Eglinton said
for =r BestBs behoof $ike the fat boy in Pickwick he wants to make our
flesh cree"
?$ist@ $ist@ 5 $ist@?
=y flesh hears him% cree"ing, hears
?3f thou didst ever?
##Dhat is a ghostC 4te"hen said with tingling energy 5ne who has faded
into im"al"ability through death, through absence, through change of
manners Eli>abethan $ondon lay as far from 4tratford as corru"t Paris
lies from virgin 'ublin Dho is the ghost from ?limbo "atrum?, returning
to the world that has forgotten himC Dho is <ing :amletC
John Eglinton shifted his s"are body, leaning back to judge
##3t is this hour of a day in mid June, 4te"hen said, begging with
a swift glance their hearing The flag is u" on the "layhouse by the
bankside The bear 4ackerson growls in the "it near it, Paris garden
2anvasclimbers who sailed with 'rake chew their sausages among the
$ocal colour Dork in all you know =ake them accom"lices
##4hakes"eare has left the huguenotBs house in 4ilver street and walks
by the swanmews along the riverbank But he does not stay to feed the
"en chivying her game of cygnets towards the rushes The swan of &von
has other thoughts
2om"osition of "lace 3gnatius $oyola, make haste to hel" me@
##The "lay begins & "layer comes on under the shadow, made u" in the
castoff mail of a court buck, a wellset man with a bass voice 3t is the
ghost, the king, a king and no king, and the "layer is 4hakes"eare who
has studied ?:amlet? all the years of his life which were not vanity in
order to "lay the "art of the s"ectre :e s"eaks the words to Burbage,
the young "layer who stands before him beyond the rack of cerecloth,
calling him by a name%
?:amlet, 3 am thy fatherBs s"irit,?
bidding him list To a son he s"eaks, the son of his soul, the "rince,
young :amlet and to the son of his body, :amnet 4hakes"eare, who has
died in 4tratford that his namesake may live for ever
3s it "ossible that that "layer 4hakes"eare, a ghost by absence, and in
the vesture of buried 'enmark, a ghost by death, s"eaking his own words
to his own sonBs name Khad :amnet 4hakes"eare lived he would have been
"rince :amletBs twinL, is it "ossible, 3 want to know, or "robable that
he did not draw or foresee the logical conclusion of those "remises% you
are the dis"ossessed son% 3 am the murdered father% your mother is the
guilty Aueen, &nn 4hakes"eare, born :athawayC
##But this "rying into the family life of a great man, 1ussell began
&rt thou there, true"ennyC
##3nteresting only to the "arish clerk 3 mean, we have the "lays 3
mean when we read the "oetry of ?<ing $ear? what is it to us how the
"oet livedC &s for living our servants can do that for us, Hilliers de
lB3sle has said Pee"ing and "rying into greenroom gossi" of the day,
the "oetBs drinking, the "oetBs debts De have ?<ing $ear?% and it is
=r BestBs face, a""ealed to, agreed
?9low over them with your waves and with your waters, =ananaan, =ananaan
:ow now, sirrah, that "ound he lent you when you were hungryC
=arry, 3 wanted it
Take thou this noble
Go to@ !ou s"ent most of it in Georgina JohnsonBs bed, clergymanBs
daughter &genbite of inwit
'o you intend to "ay it backC
5, yes
DhenC ;owC
Dell ;o
Dhen, thenC
3 "aid my way 3 "aid my way
4teady on :eBs from beyant Boyne water The northeast corner !ou owe
Dait 9ive months =olecules all change 3 am other 3 now 5ther 3 got
Bu>> Bu>>
But 3, entelechy, form of forms, am 3 by memory because under
everchanging forms
3 that sinned and "rayed and fasted
& child 2onmee saved from "andies
3, 3 and 3 3
##'o you mean to fly in the face of the tradition of three centuriesC
John EglintonBs car"ing voice asked :er ghost at least has been laid
for ever 4he died, for literature at least, before she was born
##4he died, 4te"hen retorted, siEtyseven years after she was born 4he
saw him into and out of the world 4he took his first embraces 4he bore
his children and she laid "ennies on his eyes to kee" his eyelids closed
when he lay on his deathbed
=otherBs deathbed 2andle The sheeted mirror Dho brought me into
this world lies there, bron>elidded, under few chea" flowers ?$iliata
3 we"t alone
John Eglinton looked in the tangled glowworm of his lam"
##The world believes that 4hakes"eare made a mistake, he said, and got
out of it as Auickly and as best he could
##Bosh@ 4te"hen said rudely & man of genius makes no mistakes :is
errors are volitional and are the "ortals of discovery
Portals of discovery o"ened to let in the Auaker librarian,
softcreakfooted, bald, eared and assiduous
##& shrew, John Eglinton said shrewdly, is not a useful "ortal of
discovery, one should imagine Dhat useful discovery did 4ocrates learn
from Ranthi""eC
##'ialectic, 4te"hen answered% and from his mother how to bring thoughts
into the world Dhat he learnt from his other wife =yrto K?absit
nomen@?L, 4ocratididionBs E"i"sychidion, no man, not a woman, will ever
know But neither the midwifeBs lore nor the caudlelectures saved him
from the archons of 4inn 9ein and their naggin of hemlock
##But &nn :athawayC =r BestBs Auiet voice said forgetfully !es, we seem
to be forgetting her as 4hakes"eare himself forgot her
:is look went from brooderBs beard to car"erBs skull, to remind, to
chide them not unkindly, then to the bald"ink lollard costard, guiltless
though maligned
##:e had a good groatsworth of wit, 4te"hen said, and no truant memory
:e carried a memory in his wallet as he trudged to 1omeville whistling
?The girl 3 left behind me? 3f the earthAuake did not time it we should
know where to "lace "oor Dat, sitting in his form, the cry of hounds,
the studded bridle and her blue windows That memory, ?Henus and
&donis?, lay in the bedchamber of every light#of#love in $ondon
3s <atharine the shrew illfavouredC :ortensio calls her young and
beautiful 'o you think the writer of ?&ntony and 2leo"atra?, a
"assionate "ilgrim, had his eyes in the back of his head that he chose
the ugliest doEy in all Darwickshire to lie withalC Good% he left her
and gained the world of men But his boywomen are the women of a boy
Their life, thought, s"eech are lent them by males :e chose badlyC :e
was chosen, it seems to me 3f others have their will &nn hath a way
By cock, she was to blame 4he "ut the comether on him, sweet and
twentysiE The greyeyed goddess who bends over the boy &donis, stoo"ing
to conAuer, as "rologue to the swelling act, is a boldfaced 4tratford
wench who tumbles in a cornfield a lover younger than herself
&nd my turnC DhenC
##1yefield, =r Best said brightly, gladly, raising his new book, gladly,
:e murmured then with blond delight for all%
?Between the acres of the rye These "retty countryfolk would lie?
Paris% the well"leased "leaser
& tall figure in bearded homes"un rose from shadow and unveiled its
coo"erative watch
##3 am afraid 3 am due at the ?:omestead?
Dhither awayC EE"loitable ground
##&re you goingC John EglintonBs active eyebrows asked 4hall we see you
at =ooreBs tonightC Pi"er is coming
##Pi"er@ =r Best "i"ed 3s Pi"er backC
Peter Pi"er "ecked a "eck of "ick of "eck of "ickled "e""er
##3 donBt know if 3 can Thursday De have our meeting 3f 3 can get
away in time
!ogibogeyboE in 'awson chambers ?3sis Unveiled? Their Pali book we
tried to "awn 2rosslegged under an umbrel umbershoot he thrones an
&>tec logos, functioning on astral levels, their oversoul, mahamahatma
The faithful hermetists await the light, ri"e for chelashi",
ringroundabout him $ouis : Hictory T 2aulfield 3rwin $otus ladies
tend them iBthe eyes, their "ineal glands aglow 9illed with his god,
he thrones, Buddh under "lantain Gulfer of souls, engulfer :esouls,
shesouls, shoals of souls Engulfed with wailing creecries, whirled,
whirling, they bewail
?3n Auintessential triviality
9or years in this fleshcase a shesoul dwelt?
##They say we are to have a literary sur"rise, the Auaker librarian
said, friendly and earnest =r 1ussell, rumour has it, is gathering
together a sheaf of our younger "oetsB verses De are all looking
forward anEiously
&nEiously he glanced in the cone of lam"light where three faces,
lighted, shone
4ee this 1emember
4te"hen looked down on a wide headless caubeen, hung on his
ash"lanthandle over his knee =y casAue and sword Touch lightly with
two indeE fingers &ristotleBs eE"eriment 5ne or twoC ;ecessity is that
in virtue of which it is im"ossible that one can be otherwise &rgal,
one hat is one hat
!oung 2olum and 4tarkey George 1oberts is doing the commercial "art
$ongworth will give it a good "uff in the ?EE"ress? 5, will heC 3 liked
2olumBs ?'rover? !es, 3 think he has that Aueer thing genius 'o you
think he has genius reallyC !eats admired his line% ?&s in wild earth
a Grecian vase? 'id heC 3 ho"e youBll be able to come tonight =alachi
=ulligan is coming too =oore asked him to bring :aines 'id you hear
=iss =itchellBs joke about =oore and =artynC That =oore is =artynBs
wild oatsC &wfully clever, isnBt itC They remind one of 'on GuiEote and
4ancho Pan>a 5ur national e"ic has yet to be written, 'r 4igerson says
=oore is the man for it & knight of the rueful countenance here in
'ublin Dith a saffron kiltC 5B;eill 1ussellC 5, yes, he must s"eak the
grand old tongue &nd his 'ulcineaC James 4te"hens is doing some clever
sketches De are becoming im"ortant, it seems
2ordelia ?2ordoglio? $irBs loneliest daughter
;ookshotten ;ow your best 9rench "olish
##Thank you very much, =r 1ussell, 4te"hen said, rising 3f you will be
so kind as to give the letter to =r ;orman
##5, yes 3f he considers it im"ortant it will go in De have so much
##3 understand, 4te"hen said Thanks
God ild you The "igsB "a"er Bullockbefriending
4ynge has "romised me an article for ?'ana? too &re we going to be
readC 3 feel we are The Gaelic league wants something in 3rish 3 ho"e
you will come round tonight Bring 4tarkey
4te"hen sat down
The Auaker librarian came from the leavetakers Blushing, his mask said%
##=r 'edalus, your views are most illuminating
:e creaked to and fro, ti"toing u" nearer heaven by the altitude of a
cho"ine, and, covered by the noise of outgoing, said low%
##3s it your view, then, that she was not faithful to the "oetC
&larmed face asks me Dhy did he comeC 2ourtesy or an inward lightC
##Dhere there is a reconciliation, 4te"hen said, there must have been
first a sundering
2hristfoE in leather trews, hiding, a runaway in blighted treeforks,
from hue and cry <nowing no viEen, walking lonely in the chase Domen
he won to him, tender "eo"le, a whore of Babylon, ladies of justices,
bully ta"stersB wives 9oE and geese &nd in ;ew Place a slack
dishonoured body that once was comely, once as sweet, as fresh as
cinnamon, now her leaves falling, all, bare, frighted of the narrow
grave and unforgiven
##!es 4o you think
The door closed behind the outgoer
1est suddenly "ossessed the discreet vaulted cell, rest of warm and
brooding air
& vestalBs lam"
:ere he "onders things that were not% what 2aesar would have lived to do
had he believed the soothsayer% what might have been% "ossibilities of
the "ossible as "ossible% things not known% what name &chilles bore when
he lived among women
2offined thoughts around me, in mummycases, embalmed in s"ice of words
Thoth, god of libraries, a birdgod, moonycrowned &nd 3 heard the
voice of that Egy"tian high"riest ?3n "ainted chambers loaded with
They are still 5nce Auick in the brains of men 4till% but an itch of
death is in them, to tell me in my ear a maudlin tale, urge me to wreak
their will
##2ertainly, John Eglinton mused, of all great men he is the most
enigmatic De know nothing but that he lived and suffered ;ot even so
much 5thers abide our Auestion & shadow hangs over all the rest
##But ?:amlet? is so "ersonal, isnBt itC =r Best "leaded 3 mean, a kind
of "rivate "a"er, donBt you know, of his "rivate life 3 mean, 3 donBt
care a button, donBt you know, who is killed or who is guilty
:e rested an innocent book on the edge of the desk, smiling his
defiance :is "rivate "a"ers in the original ?Ta an bad ar an tir Taim
in mo shagart? Put beurla on it, littlejohn
Guoth littlejohn Eglinton%
##3 was "re"ared for "aradoEes from what =alachi =ulligan told us but
3 may as well warn you that if you want to shake my belief that
4hakes"eare is :amlet you have a stern task before you
Bear with me
4te"hen withstood the bane of miscreant eyes glinting stern under
wrinkled brows & basilisk ?E Auando vede lBuomo lBattosca? =esser
Brunetto, 3 thank thee for the word
##&s we, or mother 'ana, weave and unweave our bodies, 4te"hen said,
from day to day, their molecules shuttled to and fro, so does the artist
weave and unweave his image &nd as the mole on my right breast is where
it was when 3 was born, though all my body has been woven of new stuff
time after time, so through the ghost of the unAuiet father the image
of the unliving son looks forth 3n the intense instant of imagination,
when the mind, 4helley says, is a fading coal, that which 3 was is that
which 3 am and that which in "ossibility 3 may come to be 4o in the
future, the sister of the "ast, 3 may see myself as 3 sit here now but
by reflection from that which then 3 shall be
'rummond of :awthornden hel"ed you at that stile
##!es, =r Best said youngly 3 feel :amlet Auite young The bitterness
might be from the father but the "assages with 5"helia are surely from
the son
:as the wrong sow by the lug :e is in my father 3 am in his son
##That mole is the last to go, 4te"hen said, laughing
John Eglinton made a nothing "leasing mow
##3f that were the birthmark of genius, he said, genius would be a
drug in the market The "lays of 4hakes"eareBs later years which 1enan
admired so much breathe another s"irit
##The s"irit of reconciliation, the Auaker librarian breathed
##There can be no reconciliation, 4te"hen said, if there has not been a
4aid that
##3f you want to know what are the events which cast their shadow over
the hell of time of ?<ing $ear, 5thello, :amlet, Troilus and 2ressida,?
look to see when and how the shadow lifts Dhat softens the heart of a
man, shi"wrecked in storms dire, Tried, like another Ulysses, Pericles,
"rince of TyreC
:ead, redconeca""ed, buffeted, brineblinded
##& child, a girl, "laced in his arms, =arina
##The leaning of so"hists towards the by"aths of a"ocry"ha is a constant
Auantity, John Eglinton detected The highroads are dreary but they lead
to the town
Good Bacon% gone musty 4hakes"eare BaconBs wild oats 2y"herjugglers
going the highroads 4eekers on the great Auest Dhat town, good
mastersC =ummed in names% & E, eon% =agee, John Eglinton East of the
sun, west of the moon% ?Tir na n#og? Booted the twain and staved
?:ow many miles to 'ublinC Three score and ten, sir Dill we be there by
##=r Brandes acce"ts it, 4te"hen said, as the first "lay of the closing
##'oes heC Dhat does =r 4idney $ee, or =r 4imon $a>arus as some aver his
name is, say of itC
##=arina, 4te"hen said, a child of storm, =iranda, a wonder, Perdita,
that which was lost Dhat was lost is given back to him% his daughterBs
child ?=y dearest wife?, Pericles says, ?was like this maid? Dill any
man love the daughter if he has not loved the motherC
##The art of being a grandfather, =r Best gan murmur ?lBart dBVtre
##Dill he not see reborn in her, with the memory of his own youth added,
another imageC
'o you know what you are talking aboutC $ove, yes Dord known to all
men &mor vero aliAuid alicui bonum vult unde et ea Auae concu"iscimus

##:is own image to a man with that Aueer thing genius is the standard of
all eE"erience, material and moral 4uch an a""eal will touch him The
images of other males of his blood will re"el him :e will see in them
grotesAue attem"ts of nature to foretell or to re"eat himself
The benign forehead of the Auaker librarian enkindled rosily with ho"e
##3 ho"e =r 'edalus will work out his theory for the enlightenment of
the "ublic &nd we ought to mention another 3rish commentator, =r George
Bernard 4haw ;or should we forget =r 9rank :arris :is articles on
4hakes"eare in the ?4aturday 1eview? were surely brilliant 5ddly
enough he too draws for us an unha""y relation with the dark lady of the
sonnets The favoured rival is Dilliam :erbert, earl of Pembroke 3 own
that if the "oet must be rejected such a rejection would seem more in
harmony with##what shall 3 sayC##our notions of what ought not to have
9elicitously he ceased and held a meek head among them, aukBs egg, "ri>e
of their fray
:e thous and thees her with grave husbandwords 'ost love, =iriamC 'ost
love thy manC
##That may be too, 4te"hen said ThereBs a saying of GoetheBs which =r
=agee likes to Auote Beware of what you wish for in youth because
you will get it in middle life Dhy does he send to one who is
a ?buonaroba,? a bay where all men ride, a maid of honour with a
scandalous girlhood, a lordling to woo for himC :e was himself a lord
of language and had made himself a coistrel gentleman and he had written
?1omeo and Juliet? DhyC Belief in himself has been untimely killed :e
was overborne in a cornfield first Kryefield, 3 should sayL and he will
never be a victor in his own eyes after nor "lay victoriously the game
of laugh and lie down &ssumed dongiovannism will not save him ;o later
undoing will undo the first undoing The tusk of the boar has wounded
him there where love lies ableeding 3f the shrew is worsted yet there
remains to her womanBs invisible wea"on There is, 3 feel in the words,
some goad of the flesh driving him into a new "assion, a darker shadow
of the first, darkening even his own understanding of himself & like
fate awaits him and the two rages commingle in a whirl"ool
They list &nd in the "orches of their ears 3 "our
##The soul has been before stricken mortally, a "oison "oured in the
"orch of a slee"ing ear But those who are done to death in slee" cannot
know the manner of their Auell unless their 2reator endow their souls
with that knowledge in the life to come The "oisoning and the beast
with two backs that urged it <ing :amletBs ghost could not know of were
he not endowed with knowledge by his creator That is why the s"eech
Khis lean unlovely EnglishL is always turned elsewhere, backward
1avisher and ravished, what he would but would not, go with him from
$ucreceBs bluecircled ivory globes to 3mogenBs breast, bare, with its
mole cinAues"otted :e goes back, weary of the creation he has "iled u"
to hide him from himself, an old dog licking an old sore But, because
loss is his gain, he "asses on towards eternity in undiminished
"ersonality, untaught by the wisdom he has written or by the laws he
has revealed :is beaver is u" :e is a ghost, a shadow now, the wind by
ElsinoreBs rocks or what you will, the seaBs voice, a voice heard
only in the heart of him who is the substance of his shadow, the son
consubstantial with the father
##&men@ was res"onded from the doorway
:ast thou found me, 5 mine enemyC
& ribald face, sullen as a deanBs, Buck =ulligan came forward, then
blithe in motley, towards the greeting of their smiles =y telegram
##!ou were s"eaking of the gaseous vertebrate, if 3 mistake notC he
asked of 4te"hen
Primrosevested he greeted gaily with his doffed Panama as with a bauble
They make him welcome ?Das 'u verlachst wirst 'u noch dienen?
Brood of mockers% Photius, "seudomalachi, Johann =ost
:e Dho :imself begot middler the :oly Ghost and :imself sent :imself,
&genbuyer, between :imself and others, Dho, "ut u"on by :is fiends,
stri""ed and whi""ed, was nailed like bat to barndoor, starved on
crosstree, Dho let :im bury, stood u", harrowed hell, fared into heaven
and there these nineteen hundred years sitteth on the right hand of :is
5wn 4elf but yet shall come in the latter day to doom the Auick and dead
when all the Auick shall be dead already
Glo##o##ri##a in eE##cel##sis 'e##o
:e lifts his hands Heils fall 5, flowers@ Bells with bells with bells
##!es, indeed, the Auaker librarian said & most instructive discussion
=r =ulligan, 3Bll be bound, has his theory too of the "lay and of
4hakes"eare &ll sides of life should be re"resented
:e smiled on all sides eAually
Buck =ulligan thought, "u>>led%
##4hakes"eareC he said 3 seem to know the name
& flying sunny smile rayed in his loose features
##To be sure, he said, remembering brightly The cha" that writes like
=r Best turned to him
##:aines missed you, he said 'id you meet himC :eBll see you after at
the ' B 2 :eBs gone to GillBs to buy :ydeBs ?$ovesongs of 2onnacht?
##3 came through the museum, Buck =ulligan said Das he hereC
##The bardBs fellowcountrymen, John Eglinton answered, are rather tired
"erha"s of our brilliancies of theorising 3 hear that an actress "layed
:amlet for the fourhundredandeighth time last night in 'ublin Hining
held that the "rince was a woman :as no#one made him out to be an
3rishmanC Judge Barton, 3 believe, is searching for some clues :e
swears K:is :ighness not :is $ordshi"L by saint Patrick
##The most brilliant of all is that story of DildeBs, =r Best said,
lifting his brilliant notebook That ?Portrait of =r D :? where he
"roves that the sonnets were written by a Dillie :ughes, a man all hues
##9or Dillie :ughes, is it notC the Auaker librarian asked
5r :ughie DillsC =r Dilliam :imself D :% who am 3C
##3 mean, for Dillie :ughes, =r Best said, amending his gloss easily 5f
course itBs all "aradoE, donBt you know, :ughes and hews and hues,
the colour, but itBs so ty"ical the way he works it out 3tBs the very
essence of Dilde, donBt you know The light touch
:is glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond e"hebe
Tame essence of Dilde
!ouBre darned witty Three drams of usAuebaugh you drank with 'an
'easyBs ducats
:ow much did 3 s"endC 5, a few shillings
9or a "lum" of "ressmen :umour wet and dry
Dit !ou would give your five wits for youthBs "roud livery he "ranks
in $ineaments of gratified desire
There be many mo Take her for me 3n "airing time Jove, a cool ruttime
send them !ea, turtledove her
Eve ;aked wheatbellied sin & snake coils her, fang inBs kiss
##'o you think it is only a "aradoEC the Auaker librarian was asking
The mocker is never taken seriously when he is most serious
They talked seriously of mockerBs seriousness
Buck =ulliganBs again heavy face eyed 4te"hen awhile Then, his head
wagging, he came near, drew a folded telegram from his "ocket :is
mobile li"s read, smiling with new delight
##Telegram@ he said Donderful ins"iration@ Telegram@ & "a"al bull@
:e sat on a corner of the unlit desk, reading aloud joyfully%
##?The sentimentalist is he who would enjoy without incurring the
immense debtorshi" for a thing done? 4igned% 'edalus Dhere did you
launch it fromC The ki"sC ;o 2ollege Green :ave you drunk the four
AuidC The aunt is going to call on your unsubstantial father Telegram@
=alachi =ulligan, The 4hi", lower &bbey street 5, you "eerless mummer@
5, you "riestified <inchite@
Joyfully he thrust message and envelo"e into a "ocket but keened in a
Auerulous brogue%
##3tBs what 3Bm telling you, mister honey, itBs Aueer and sick we were,
:aines and myself, the time himself brought it in BTwas murmur we did
for a gallus "otion would rouse a friar, 3Bm thinking, and he lim" with
leching &nd we one hour and two hours and three hours in 2onneryBs
sitting civil waiting for "ints a"iece
:e wailed%
##&nd we to be there, mavrone, and you to be unbeknownst sending us your
conglomerations the way we to have our tongues out a yard long like the
drouthy clerics do be fainting for a "ussful
4te"hen laughed
Guickly, warningfully Buck =ulligan bent down
##The tram"er 4ynge is looking for you, he said, to murder you :e
heard you "issed on his halldoor in Glasthule :eBs out in "am"ooties to
murder you
##=e@ 4te"hen eEclaimed That was your contribution to literature
Buck =ulligan gleefully bent back, laughing to the dark eavesdro""ing
##=urder you@ he laughed
:arsh gargoyle face that warred against me over our mess of hash
of lights in rue 4aint#&ndrN#des#&rts 3n words of words for words,
"alabras 5isin with Patrick 9aunman he met in 2lamart woods,
brandishing a winebottle ?2Best vendredi saint@? =urthering 3rish :is
image, wandering, he met 3 mine 3 met a fool iBthe forest
##=r $yster, an attendant said from the door ajar
## in which everyone can find his own 4o =r Justice =adden in his
?'iary of =aster Dilliam 4ilence? has found the hunting terms !esC
Dhat is itC
##ThereBs a gentleman here, sir, the attendant said, coming forward and
offering a card 9rom the ?9reeman? :e wants to see the files of the
?<ilkenny Peo"le? for last year
##2ertainly, certainly, certainly 3s the gentlemanC
:e took the eager card, glanced, not saw, laid down unglanced, looked,
asked, creaked, asked%
##3s heC 5, there@
Brisk in a galliard he was off, out 3n the daylit corridor he talked
with voluble "ains of >eal, in duty bound, most fair, most kind, most
honest broadbrim
##This gentlemanC ?9reemanBs JournalC <ilkenny Peo"leC? To be sure Good
day, sir ?<ilkenny? De have certainly
& "atient silhouette waited, listening
##&ll the leading "rovincial ?;orthern Dhig, 2ork EEaminer,
Enniscorthy Guardian,? (7*/ Dill you "leaseC Evans, conduct this
gentleman 3f you just follow the atten 5r, "lease allow me
This way Please, sir
Holuble, dutiful, he led the way to all the "rovincial "a"ers, a bowing
dark figure following his hasty heels
The door closed
##The sheeny@ Buck =ulligan cried
:e jum"ed u" and snatched the card
##DhatBs his nameC 3key =osesC Bloom
:e rattled on%
##Jehovah, collector of "re"uces, is no more 3 found him over in the
museum where 3 went to hail the foamborn &"hrodite The Greek mouth that
has never been twisted in "rayer Every day we must do homage to her
?$ife of life, thy li"s enkindle?
4uddenly he turned to 4te"hen%
##:e knows you :e knows your old fellow 5, 3 fear me, he is Greeker
than the Greeks :is "ale Galilean eyes were u"on her mesial groove
Henus <alli"yge 5, the thunder of those loins@ ?The god "ursuing the
maiden hid?
##De want to hear more, John Eglinton decided with =r BestBs a""roval
De begin to be interested in =rs 4 Till now we had thought of her, if
at all, as a "atient Griselda, a Penelo"e stayathome
##&ntisthenes, "u"il of Gorgias, 4te"hen said, took the "alm of beauty
from <yrios =enelausB brooddam, &rgive :elen, the wooden mare of Troy
in whom a score of heroes sle"t, and handed it to "oor Penelo"e Twenty
years he lived in $ondon and, during "art of that time, he drew a salary
eAual to that of the lord chancellor of 3reland :is life was rich :is
art, more than the art of feudalism as Dalt Dhitman called it, is the
art of surfeit :ot herring"ies, green mugs of sack, honeysauces, sugar
of roses, march"ane, gooseberried "igeons, ringocandies 4ir Dalter
1aleigh, when they arrested him, had half a million francs on his
back including a "air of fancy stays The gombeenwoman Eli>a Tudor had
underlinen enough to vie with her of 4heba Twenty years he dallied
there between conjugial love and its chaste delights and scortatory love
and its foul "leasures !ou know =anninghamBs story of the burgherBs
wife who bade 'ick Burbage to her bed after she had seen him in ?1ichard
333? and how 4hakes"eare, overhearing, without more ado about nothing,
took the cow by the horns and, when Burbage came knocking at the gate,
answered from the ca"onBs blankets% ?Dilliam the conAueror came before
1ichard 333? &nd the gay lakin, mistress 9itton, mount and cry 5,
and his dainty birdsnies, lady Penelo"e 1ich, a clean Auality woman is
suited for a "layer, and the "unks of the bankside, a "enny a time
2ours la 1eine ?Encore vingt sous ;ous ferons de "etites cochonneries
=inetteC Tu veuEC?
##The height of fine society &nd sir Dilliam 'avenant of oEfordBs
mother with her cu" of canary for any cockcanary
Buck =ulligan, his "ious eyes u"turned, "rayed%
##Blessed =argaret =ary &nycock@
##&nd :arry of siE wivesB daughter &nd other lady friends from
neighbour seats as $awn Tennyson, gentleman "oet, sings But all those
twenty years what do you su""ose "oor Penelo"e in 4tratford was doing
behind the diamond "anesC
'o and do Thing done 3n a rosery of 9etter lane of Gerard, herbalist,
he walks, greyedauburn &n a>ured harebell like her veins $ids of
JunoBs eyes, violets :e walks 5ne life is all 5ne body 'o But do
&far, in a reek of lust and sAualor, hands are laid on whiteness
Buck =ulligan ra""ed John EglintonBs desk shar"ly
##Dhom do you sus"ectC he challenged
##4ay that he is the s"urned lover in the sonnets 5nce s"urned twice
s"urned But the court wanton s"urned him for a lord, his dearmylove
$ove that dare not s"eak its name
##&s an Englishman, you mean, John sturdy Eglinton "ut in, he loved a
5ld wall where sudden li>ards flash &t 2harenton 3 watched them
##3t seems so, 4te"hen said, when he wants to do for him, and for all
other and singular uneared wombs, the holy office an ostler does for the
stallion =aybe, like 4ocrates, he had a midwife to mother as he had a
shrew to wife But she, the giglot wanton, did not break a bedvow Two
deeds are rank in that ghostBs mind% a broken vow and the dullbrained
yokel on whom her favour has declined, deceased husbandBs brother 4weet
&nn, 3 take it, was hot in the blood 5nce a wooer, twice a wooer
4te"hen turned boldly in his chair
##The burden of "roof is with you not with me, he said frowning 3f you
deny that in the fifth scene of ?:amlet? he has branded her with infamy
tell me why there is no mention of her during the thirtyfour years
between the day she married him and the day she buried him &ll those
women saw their men down and under% =ary, her goodman John, &nn, her
"oor dear Dillun, when he went and died on her, raging that he was the
first to go, Joan, her four brothers, Judith, her husband and all her
sons, 4usan, her husband too, while 4usanBs daughter, Eli>abeth, to use
granddaddyBs words, wed her second, having killed her first
5, yes, mention there is 3n the years when he was living richly in
royal $ondon to "ay a debt she had to borrow forty shillings from her
fatherBs she"herd EE"lain you then EE"lain the swansong too wherein he
has commended her to "osterity
:e faced their silence
To whom thus Eglinton%
!ou mean the will
But that has been eE"lained, 3 believe, by jurists
4he was entitled to her widowBs dower
&t common law :is legal knowledge was great
5ur judges tell us
:im 4atan fleers,
&nd therefore he left out her name
9rom the first draft but he did not leave out
The "resents for his granddaughter, for his daughters,
9or his sister, for his old cronies in 4tratford
&nd in $ondon &nd therefore when he was urged,
&s 3 believe, to name her
:e left her his
##Pretty countryfolk had few chattels then, John Eglinton observed, as
they have still if our "easant "lays are true to ty"e
##:e was a rich country gentleman, 4te"hen said, with a coat of arms
and landed estate at 4tratford and a house in 3reland yard, a ca"italist
shareholder, a bill "romoter, a tithefarmer Dhy did he not leave her
his best bed if he wished her to snore away the rest of her nights in
##3t is clear that there were two beds, a best and a secondbest, =r
4econdbest Best said finely
##?4e"aratio a mensa et a thalamo?, bettered Buck =ulligan and was
smiled on
##&ntiAuity mentions famous beds, 4econd Eglinton "uckered, bedsmiling
$et me think
##&ntiAuity mentions that 4tagyrite schoolurchin and bald heathen sage,
4te"hen said, who when dying in eEile frees and endows his slaves, "ays
tribute to his elders, wills to be laid in earth near the bones of his
dead wife and bids his friends be kind to an old mistress KdonBt forget
;ell Gwynn :er"yllisL and let her live in his villa
##'o you mean he died soC =r Best asked with slight concern 3 mean
##:e died dead drunk, Buck =ulligan ca""ed & Auart of ale is a dish for
a king 5, 3 must tell you what 'owden said@
##DhatC asked Besteglinton
Dilliam 4hakes"eare and com"any, limited The "eo"leBs Dilliam 9or
terms a""ly% E 'owden, :ighfield house
##$ovely@ Buck =ulligan sus"ired amorously 3 asked him what he thought
of the charge of "ederasty brought against the bard :e lifted his hands
and said% ?&ll we can say is that life ran very high in those days?
##The sense of beauty leads us astray, said beautifulinsadness Best to
ugling Eglinton
4teadfast John re"lied severe%
##The doctor can tell us what those words mean !ou cannot eat your cake
and have it
4ayest thou soC Dill they wrest from us, from me, the "alm of beautyC
##&nd the sense of "ro"erty, 4te"hen said :e drew 4hylock out of his
own long "ocket The son of a maltjobber and moneylender he was himself
a cornjobber and moneylender, with ten tods of corn hoarded in the
famine riots :is borrowers are no doubt those divers of worshi"
mentioned by 2hettle 9alstaff who re"orted his u"rightness of dealing
:e sued a fellow"layer for the "rice of a few bags of malt and eEacted
his "ound of flesh in interest for every money lent :ow else could
&ubreyBs ostler and callboy get rich AuickC &ll events brought grist to
his mill 4hylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging
and Auartering of the AueenBs leech $o"e>, his jewBs heart being "lucked
forth while the sheeny was yet alive% ?:amlet? and ?=acbeth? with
the coming to the throne of a 4cotch "hiloso"haster with a turn for
witchroasting The lost armada is his jeer in ?$oveBs $abour $ost?
:is "ageants, the histories, sail fullbellied on a tide of =afeking
enthusiasm Darwickshire jesuits are tried and we have a "orterBs theory
of eAuivocation The ?4ea Henture? comes home from Bermudas and the "lay
1enan admired is written with Patsy 2aliban, our &merican cousin
The sugared sonnets follow 4idneyBs &s for fay Eli>abeth, otherwise
carrotty Bess, the gross virgin who ins"ired ?The =erry Dives of
Dindsor?, let some meinherr from &lmany gro"e his life long for dee"hid
meanings in the de"ths of the buckbasket
3 think youBre getting on very nicely Just miE u" a miEture of
theolologico"hilolological ?=ingo, minEi, mictum, mingere?
##Prove that he was a jew, John Eglinton dared,BeE"ectantly !our dean
of studies holds he was a holy 1oman
?4ufflaminandus sum?
##:e was made in Germany, 4te"hen re"lied, as the cham"ion 9rench
"olisher of 3talian scandals
##& myriadminded man, =r Best reminded 2oleridge called him
?&m"lius 3n societate humana hoc est maEime necessarium ut sit amicitia
inter multos?
##4aint Thomas, 4te"hen began
##?5ra "ro nobis?, =onk =ulligan groaned, sinking to a chair
There he keened a wailing rune
##?Pogue mahone@ &cushla machree@? 3tBs destroyed we are from this day@
3tBs destroyed we are surely@
&ll smiled their smiles
##4aint Thomas, 4te"hen smiling said, whose gorbellied works 3 enjoy
reading in the original, writing of incest from a stand"oint different
from that of the new Hiennese school =r =agee s"oke of, likens it in his
wise and curious way to an avarice of the emotions :e means that the
love so given to one near in blood is covetously withheld from some
stranger who, it may be, hungers for it Jews, whom christians taE with
avarice, are of all races the most given to intermarriage &ccusations
are made in anger The christian laws which built u" the hoards of the
jews Kfor whom, as for the lollards, storm was shelterL bound their
affections too with hoo"s of steel Dhether these be sins or virtues old
;obodaddy will tell us at doomsday leet But a man who holds so tightly
to what he calls his rights over what he calls his debts will hold
tightly also to what he calls his rights over her whom he calls his
wife ;o sir smile neighbour shall covet his oE or his wife or his
manservant or his maidservant or his jackass
##5r his jennyass, Buck =ulligan anti"honed
##Gentle Dill is being roughly handled, gentle =r Best said gently
##Dhich willC gagged sweetly Buck =ulligan De are getting miEed
##The will to live, John Eglinton "hiloso"hised, for "oor &nn, DillBs
widow, is the will to die
?##1eAuiescat@? 4te"hen "rayed
?Dhat of all the will to doC
3t has vanished long ago?
##4he lies laid out in stark stiffness in that secondbest bed, the
mobled Aueen, even though you "rove that a bed in those days was as
rare as a motorcar is now and that its carvings were the wonder of seven
"arishes 3n old age she takes u" with gos"ellers Kone stayed with her
at ;ew Place and drank a Auart of sack the town council "aid for but in
which bed he sle"t it skills not to askL and heard she had a soul 4he
read or had read to her his cha"books "referring them to the ?=erry
Dives? and, loosing her nightly waters on the jordan, she thought
over ?:ooks and Eyes for BelieversB Breeches? and ?The most 4"iritual
4nuffboE to =ake the =ost 'evout 4ouls 4nee>e? Henus has twisted her
li"s in "rayer &genbite of inwit% remorse of conscience 3t is an age
of eEhausted whoredom gro"ing for its god
##:istory shows that to be true, ?inAuit Eglintonus 2hronolologos? The
ages succeed one another But we have it on high authority that a manBs
worst enemies shall be those of his own house and family 3 feel that
1ussell is right Dhat do we care for his wife or fatherC 3 should say
that only family "oets have family lives 9alstaff was not a family man
3 feel that the fat knight is his su"reme creation
$ean, he lay back 4hy, deny thy kindred, the unco guid 4hy, su""ing
with the godless, he sneaks the cu" & sire in Ultonian &ntrim bade it
him Hisits him here on Auarter days =r =agee, sir, thereBs a gentleman
to see you =eC 4ays heBs your father, sir Give me my Dordsworth Enter
=agee =or =atthew, a rugged rough rugheaded kern, in strossers with
a buttoned cod"iece, his nether stocks bemired with clauber of ten
forests, a wand of wilding in his hand
!our ownC :e knows your old fellow The widower
:urrying to her sAualid deathlair from gay Paris on the Auayside 3
touched his hand The voice, new warmth, s"eaking 'r Bob <enny is
attending her The eyes that wish me well But do not know me
##& father, 4te"hen said, battling against ho"elessness, is a necessary
evil :e wrote the "lay in the months that followed his fatherBs death
3f you hold that he, a greying man with two marriageable daughters, with
thirtyfive years of life, ?nel me>>o del cammin di nostra vita?, with
fifty of eE"erience, is the beardless undergraduate from Dittenberg then
you must hold that his seventyyear old mother is the lustful Aueen ;o
The cor"se of John 4hakes"eare does not walk the night 9rom hour to
hour it rots and rots :e rests, disarmed of fatherhood, having devised
that mystical estate u"on his son BoccaccioBs 2alandrino was the first
and last man who felt himself with child 9atherhood, in the sense of
conscious begetting, is unknown to man 3t is a mystical estate, an
a"ostolic succession, from only begetter to only begotten 5n that
mystery and not on the madonna which the cunning 3talian intellect
flung to the mob of Euro"e the church is founded and founded irremovably
because founded, like the world, macro and microcosm, u"on the void
U"on incertitude, u"on unlikelihood ?&mor matris?, subjective and
objective genitive, may be the only true thing in life Paternity may be
a legal fiction Dho is the father of any son that any son should love
him or he any sonC
Dhat the hell are you driving atC
3 know 4hut u" Blast you 3 have reasons
?&m"lius &dhuc 3terum Postea?
&re you condemned to do thisC
##They are sundered by a bodily shame so steadfast that the criminal
annals of the world, stained with all other incests and bestialities,
hardly record its breach 4ons with mothers, sires with daughters,
lesbic sisters, loves that dare not s"eak their name, ne"hews with
grandmothers, jailbirds with keyholes, Aueens with "ri>e bulls The son
unborn mars beauty% born, he brings "ain, divides affection, increases
care :e is a new male% his growth is his fatherBs decline, his youth
his fatherBs envy, his friend his fatherBs enemy
3n rue =onsieur#le#Prince 3 thought it
##Dhat links them in natureC &n instant of blind rut
&m 3 a fatherC 3f 3 wereC
4hrunken uncertain hand
##4abellius, the &frican, subtlest heresiarch of all the beasts of the
field, held that the 9ather was :imself :is 5wn 4on The bulldog of
&Auin, with whom no word shall be im"ossible, refutes him Dell% if
the father who has not a son be not a father can the son who has not a
father be a sonC Dhen 1utlandbaconsoutham"tonshakes"eare or another "oet
of the same name in the comedy of errors wrote ?:amlet? he was not the
father of his own son merely but, being no more a son, he was and felt
himself the father of all his race, the father of his own grandfather,
the father of his unborn grandson who, by the same token, never was
born, for nature, as =r =agee understands her, abhors "erfection
Eglintoneyes, Auick with "leasure, looked u" shybrightly Gladly
glancing, a merry "uritan, through the twisted eglantine
9latter 1arely But flatter
##:imself his own father, 4onmulligan told himself Dait 3 am big with
child 3 have an unborn child in my brain Pallas &thena@ & "lay@ The
"layBs the thing@ $et me "arturiate@
:e clas"ed his "aunchbrow with both birthaiding hands
##&s for his family, 4te"hen said, his motherBs name lives in the
forest of &rden :er death brought from him the scene with Holumnia in
?2oriolanus? :is boysonBs death is the deathscene of young &rthur in
?<ing John? :amlet, the black "rince, is :amnet 4hakes"eare Dho the
girls in ?The Tem"est?, in ?Pericles,? in ?DinterBs Tale? are we know
Dho 2leo"atra, flesh"ot of Egy"t, and 2ressid and Henus are we may
guess But there is another member of his family who is recorded
##The "lot thickens, John Eglinton said
The Auaker librarian, Auaking, ti"toed in, Auake, his mask, Auake, with
haste, Auake, Auack
'oor closed 2ell 'ay
They list Three They
3 you he they
2ome, mess
4TEP:E;% :e had three brothers, Gilbert, Edmund, 1ichard Gilbert in his
old age told some cavaliers he got a "ass for nowt from =aister Gatherer
one time mass he did and he seen his brud =aister Dull the "laywriter u"
in $unnon in a wrastling "lay wud a man onBs back The "layhouse sausage
filled GilbertBs soul :e is nowhere% but an Edmund and a 1ichard are
recorded in the works of sweet Dilliam
=&GEEG$3;J5:;% ;ames@ DhatBs in a nameC
BE4T% That is my name, 1ichard, donBt you know 3 ho"e you are going to
say a good word for 1ichard, donBt you know, for my sake ?K$aughterL?
BU2<=U$$3G&;% K?Piano, diminuendo?L
?Then outs"oke medical 'ick
To his comrade medical 'avy?
4TEP:E;% 3n his trinity of black Dills, the villain shakebags, 3ago,
1ichard 2rookback, Edmund in ?<ing $ear?, two bear the wicked unclesB
names ;ay, that last "lay was written or being written while his
brother Edmund lay dying in 4outhwark
BE4T% 3 ho"e Edmund is going to catch it 3 donBt want 1ichard, my name

GU&<E1$!4TE1% K?& tem"o?L But he that filches from me my good name
4TEP:E;% ?K4tringendoL? :e has hidden his own name, a fair name,
Dilliam, in the "lays, a su"er here, a clown there, as a "ainter of old
3taly set his face in a dark corner of his canvas :e has revealed it in
the sonnets where there is Dill in over"lus $ike John oBGaunt his name
is dear to him, as dear as the coat and crest he toadied for, on a bend
sable a s"ear or steeled argent, honorificabilitudinitatibus, dearer
than his glory of greatest shakescene in the country DhatBs in a nameC
That is what we ask ourselves in childhood when we write the name that
we are told is ours & star, a daystar, a firedrake, rose at his birth
3t shone by day in the heavens alone, brighter than Henus in the
night, and by night it shone over delta in 2assio"eia, the recumbent
constellation which is the signature of his initial among the stars :is
eyes watched it, lowlying on the hori>on, eastward of the bear, as
he walked by the slumberous summer fields at midnight returning from
4hottery and from her arms
Both satisfied 3 too
'onBt tell them he was nine years old when it was Auenched
&nd from her arms
Dait to be wooed and won &y, meacock Dho will woo youC
1ead the skies ?&utontimorumenos Bous 4te"hanoumenos? DhereBs your
configurationC 4te"hen, 4te"hen, cut the bread even 4 '% ?sua donna
GiP% di lui gelindo risolve di non amare? 4 '
##Dhat is that, =r 'edalusC the Auaker librarian asked Das it a
celestial "henomenonC
##& star by night, 4te"hen said & "illar of the cloud by day
Dhat moreBs to s"eakC
4te"hen looked on his hat, his stick, his boots
?4te"hanos,? my crown =y sword :is boots are s"oiling the sha"e of my
feet Buy a "air :oles in my socks :andkerchief too
##!ou make good use of the name, John Eglinton allowed !our own name is
strange enough 3 su""ose it eE"lains your fantastical humour
=e, =agee and =ulligan
9abulous artificer The hawklike man !ou flew DheretoC
;ewhaven#'ie""e, steerage "assenger Paris and back $a"wing 3carus
?Pater, ait? 4eabedabbled, fallen, weltering $a"wing you are $a"wing
=r Best eagerAuietly lifted his book to say%
##ThatBs very interesting because that brother motive, donBt you know,
we find also in the old 3rish myths Just what you say The three
brothers 4hakes"eare 3n Grimm too, donBt you know, the fairytales The
third brother that always marries the slee"ing beauty and wins the best
Best of Best brothers Good, better, best
The Auaker librarian s"ringhalted near
##3 should like to know, he said, which brother you 3 understand you
to suggest there was misconduct with one of the brothers But "erha"s
3 am antici"atingC
:e caught himself in the act% looked at all% refrained
&n attendant from the doorway called%
##=r $yster@ 9ather 'ineen wants
##5, 9ather 'ineen@ 'irectly
4wiftly rectly creaking rectly rectly he was rectly gone
John Eglinton touched the foil
##2ome, he said $et us hear what you have to say of 1ichard and Edmund
!ou ke"t them for the last, didnBt youC
##3n asking you to remember those two noble kinsmen nuncle 1ichie and
nuncle Edmund, 4te"hen answered, 3 feel 3 am asking too much "erha"s &
brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella
Dhere is your brotherC &"othecariesB hall =y whetstone :im, then
2ranly, =ulligan% now these 4"eech, s"eech But act &ct s"eech They
mock to try you &ct Be acted on
3 am tired of my voice, the voice of Esau =y kingdom for a drink
##!ou will say those names were already in the chronicles from which he
took the stuff of his "lays Dhy did he take them rather than othersC
1ichard, a whoreson crookback, misbegotten, makes love to a widowed &nn
KwhatBs in a nameCL, woos and wins her, a whoreson merry widow 1ichard
the conAueror, third brother, came after Dilliam the conAuered The
other four acts of that "lay hang lim"ly from that first 5f all his
kings 1ichard is the only king unshielded by 4hakes"eareBs reverence,
the angel of the world Dhy is the under"lot of ?<ing $ear? in which
Edmund figures lifted out of 4idneyBs ?&rcadia? and s"atchcocked on to a
2eltic legend older than historyC
##That was DillBs way, John Eglinton defended De should not now combine
a ;orse saga with an eEcer"t from a novel by George =eredith ?Gue
voule>#vousC? =oore would say :e "uts Bohemia on the seacoast and makes
Ulysses Auote &ristotle
##DhyC 4te"hen answered himself Because the theme of the false or
the usur"ing or the adulterous brother or all three in one is to
4hakes"eare, what the "oor are not, always with him The note of
banishment, banishment from the heart, banishment from home, sounds
uninterru"tedly from ?The Two Gentlemen of Herona? onward till Pros"ero
breaks his staff, buries it certain fathoms in the earth and drowns his
book 3t doubles itself in the middle of his life, reflects itself in
another, re"eats itself, "rotasis, e"itasis, catastasis, catastro"he
3t re"eats itself again when he is near the grave, when his married
daughter 4usan, chi" of the old block, is accused of adultery But it
was the original sin that darkened his understanding, weakened his will
and left in him a strong inclination to evil The words are those of
my lords bisho"s of =aynooth &n original sin and, like original sin,
committed by another in whose sin he too has sinned 3t is between the
lines of his last written words, it is "etrified on his tombstone under
which her four bones are not to be laid &ge has not withered it Beauty
and "eace have not done it away 3t is in infinite variety everywhere in
the world he has created, in ?=uch &do about ;othing?, twice in ?&s you
like 3t?, in ?The Tem"est?, in ?:amlet,? in ?=easure for =easure?##and
in all the other "lays which 3 have not read
:e laughed to free his mind from his mindBs bondage
Judge Eglinton summed u"
##The truth is midway, he affirmed :e is the ghost and the "rince :e
is all in all
##:e is, 4te"hen said The boy of act one is the mature man of act five
&ll in all 3n ?2ymbeline,? in ?5thello? he is bawd and cuckold :e acts
and is acted on $over of an ideal or a "erversion, like Jose he
kills the real 2armen :is unremitting intellect is the hornmad 3ago
ceaselessly willing that the moor in him shall suffer
##2uckoo@ 2uckoo@ 2uck =ulligan clucked lewdly 5 word of fear@
'ark dome received, reverbed
##&nd what a character is 3ago@ undaunted John Eglinton eEclaimed Dhen
all is said 'umas ?fils? Kor is it 'umas ?"TreCL? is right &fter God
4hakes"eare has created most
##=an delights him not nor woman neither, 4te"hen said :e returns after
a life of absence to that s"ot of earth where he was born, where he has
always been, man and boy, a silent witness and there, his journey of
life ended, he "lants his mulberrytree in the earth Then dies The
motion is ended Gravediggers bury :amlet ?K"TreCL? and :amlet ?fils?
& king and a "rince at last in death, with incidental music &nd, what
though murdered and betrayed, bewe"t by all frail tender hearts for,
'ane or 'ubliner, sorrow for the dead is the only husband from whom
they refuse to be divorced 3f you like the e"ilogue look long on it%
"ros"erous Pros"ero, the good man rewarded, $i>>ie, grand"aBs lum" of
love, and nuncle 1ichie, the bad man taken off by "oetic justice to the
"lace where the bad niggers go 4trong curtain :e found in the world
without as actual what was in his world within as "ossible =aeterlinck
says% ?3f 4ocrates leave his house today he will find the sage seated
on his doorste" 3f Judas go forth tonight it is to Judas his ste"s
will tend? Every life is many days, day after day De walk through
ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives,
widows, brothers#in#love, but always meeting ourselves The "laywright
who wrote the folio of this world and wrote it badly K:e gave us light
first and the sun two days laterL, the lord of things as they are whom
the most 1oman of catholics call ?dio boia?, hangman god, is doubtless
all in all in all of us, ostler and butcher, and would be bawd and
cuckold too but that in the economy of heaven, foretold by :amlet, there
are no more marriages, glorified man, an androgynous angel, being a wife
unto himself
?##Eureka@? Buck =ulligan cried ?Eureka@?
4uddenly ha""ied he jum"ed u" and reached in a stride John EglintonBs
##=ay 3C he said The $ord has s"oken to =alachi
:e began to scribble on a sli" of "a"er
Take some sli"s from the counter going out
##Those who are married, =r Best, douce herald, said, all save one,
shall live The rest shall kee" as they are
:e laughed, unmarried, at Eglinton Johannes, of arts a bachelor
Unwed, unfancied, ware of wiles, they finger"onder nightly each his
variorum edition of ?The Taming of the 4hrew?
##!ou are a delusion, said roundly John Eglinton to 4te"hen !ou have
brought us all this way to show us a 9rench triangle 'o you believe
your own theoryC
##;o, 4te"hen said "rom"tly
##&re you going to write itC =r Best asked !ou ought to make it a
dialogue, donBt you know, like the Platonic dialogues Dilde wrote
John Eclecticon doubly smiled
##Dell, in that case, he said, 3 donBt see why you should eE"ect "ayment
for it since you donBt believe it yourself 'owden believes there is
some mystery in ?:amlet? but will say no more :err Bleibtreu, the man
Pi"er met in Berlin, who is working u" that 1utland theory, believes
that the secret is hidden in the 4tratford monument :e is going to
visit the "resent duke, Pi"er says, and "rove to him that his ancestor
wrote the "lays 3t will come as a sur"rise to his grace But he
believes his theory
3 believe, 5 $ord, hel" my unbelief That is, hel" me to believe or hel"
me to unbelieveC Dho hel"s to believeC ?Egomen? Dho to unbelieveC 5ther
##!ou are the only contributor to ?'ana? who asks for "ieces of silver
Then 3 donBt know about the neEt number 9red 1yan wants s"ace for an
article on economics
9raidrine Two "ieces of silver he lent me Tide you over Economics
##9or a guinea, 4te"hen said, you can "ublish this interview
Buck =ulligan stood u" from his laughing scribbling, laughing% and then
gravely said, honeying malice%
##3 called u"on the bard <inch at his summer residence in u""er
=ecklenburgh street and found him dee" in the study of the ?4umma contra
Gentiles? in the com"any of two gonorrheal ladies, 9resh ;elly and
1osalie, the coalAuay whore
:e broke away
##2ome, <inch 2ome, wandering &engus of the birds
2ome, <inch !ou have eaten all we left &y 3 will serve you your orts
and offals
4te"hen rose
$ife is many days This will end
##De shall see you tonight, John Eglinton said ?;otre ami? =oore says
=alachi =ulligan must be there
Buck =ulligan flaunted his sli" and "anama
##=onsieur =oore, he said, lecturer on 9rench letters to the youth of
3reland 3Bll be there 2ome, <inch, the bards must drink 2an you walk
$aughing, he
4will till eleven 3rish nights entertainment
4te"hen followed a lubber
5ne day in the national library we had a discussion 4hakes &fter :is
lub back% 3 followed 3 gall his kibe
4te"hen, greeting, then all amort, followed a lubber jester, a wellkem"t
head, newbarbered, out of the vaulted cell into a shattering daylight of
no thought
Dhat have 3 learnedC 5f themC 5f meC
Dalk like :aines now
The constant readersB room 3n the readersB book 2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor
9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell "arafes his "olysyllables 3tem% was :amlet
madC The AuakerBs "ate godlily with a "riesteen in booktalk
##5 "lease do, sir 3 shall be most "leased
&mused Buck =ulligan mused in "leasant murmur with himself, selfnodding%
##& "leased bottom
The turnstile
3s thatC Blueribboned hat 3dly writing DhatC $ookedC
The curving balustrade% smoothsliding =incius
Puck =ulligan, "anamahelmeted, went ste" by ste", iambing, trolling%
?John Eglinton, my jo, John, Dhy wonBt you wed a wifeC?
:e s"luttered to the air%
##5, the chinless 2hinaman@ 2hin 2hon Eg $in Ton De went over to their
"layboE, :aines and 3, the "lumbersB hall 5ur "layers are creating a
new art for Euro"e like the Greeks or = =aeterlinck &bbey Theatre@ 3
smell the "ubic sweat of monks
:e s"at blank
9orgot% any more than he forgot the whi""ing lousy $ucy gave him &nd
left the ?femme de trente ans? &nd why no other children bornC &nd his
first child a girlC
&fterwit Go back
The dour recluse still there Khe has his cakeL and the douce youngling,
minion of "leasure, PhedoBs toyable fair hair
Eh 3 just eh wanted 3 forgot he
##$ongworth and =B2urdy &tkinson were there
Puck =ulligan footed featly, trilling%
?3 hardly hear the "urlieu cry
5r a tommy talk as 3 "ass one by
Before my thoughts begin to run
5n 9 =B2urdy &tkinson,
The same that had the wooden leg
&nd that filibustering filibeg
That never dared to slake his drouth,
=agee that had the chinless mouth
Being afraid to marry on earth
They masturbated for all they were worth?
Jest on <now thyself
:alted, below me, a Aui>>er looks at me 3 halt
##=ournful mummer, Buck =ulligan moaned 4ynge has left off wearing
black to be like nature 5nly crows, "riests and English coal are black
& laugh tri""ed over his li"s
##$ongworth is awfully sick, he said, after what you wrote about that
old hake Gregory 5 you inAuisitional drunken jewjesuit@ 4he gets you
a job on the "a"er and then you go and slate her drivel to Jaysus
2ouldnBt you do the !eats touchC
:e went on and down, mo""ing, chanting with waving graceful arms%
##The most beautiful book that has come out of our country in my time
5ne thinks of :omer
:e sto""ed at the stairfoot
##3 have conceived a "lay for the mummers, he said solemnly
The "illared =oorish hall, shadows entwined Gone the nine menBs morrice
with ca"s of indices
3n sweetly varying voices Buck =ulligan read his tablet% ?Everyman :is
own Dife or & :oneymoon in the :and Ka national immorality in three
orgasmsL by Ballocky =ulligan?
:e turned a ha""y "atchBs smirk to 4te"hen, saying%
##The disguise, 3 fear, is thin But listen
:e read, ?marcato%?
T5'! T54T599 Ka ruined PoleL
21&B Ka bushrangerL
=E'32&$ '32< L
and L Ktwo birds with one stoneL
=E'32&$ '&H! L
=5T:E1 G15G&; Ka watercarrierL
91E4: ;E$$!
154&$3E Kthe coalAuay whoreL
:e laughed, lolling a to and fro head, walking on, followed by 4te"hen%
and mirthfully he told the shadows, souls of men%
##5, the night in the 2amden hall when the daughters of Erin had to
lift their skirts to ste" over you as you lay in your mulberrycoloured,
multicoloured, multitudinous vomit@
##The most innocent son of Erin, 4te"hen said, for whom they ever lifted
&bout to "ass through the doorway, feeling one behind, he stood aside
Part The moment is now Dhere thenC 3f 4ocrates leave his house today,
if Judas go forth tonight DhyC That lies in s"ace which 3 in time must
come to, ineluctably
=y will% his will that fronts me 4eas between
& man "assed out between them, bowing, greeting
##Good day again, Buck =ulligan said
The "ortico
:ere 3 watched the birds for augury &engus of the birds They go, they
come $ast night 3 flew Easily flew =en wondered 4treet of harlots
after & creamfruit melon he held to me 3n !ou will see
##The wandering jew, Buck =ulligan whis"ered with clownBs awe 'id you
see his eyeC :e looked u"on you to lust after you 3 fear thee, ancient
mariner 5, <inch, thou art in "eril Get thee a breech"ad
=anner of 5Eenford
'ay Dheelbarrow sun over arch of bridge
& dark back went before them, ste" of a "ard, down, out by the gateway,
under "ortcullis barbs
They followed
5ffend me still 4"eak on
<ind air defined the coigns of houses in <ildare street ;o birds 9rail
from the houseto"s two "lumes of smoke ascended, "luming, and in a flaw
of softness softly were blown
2ease to strive Peace of the druid "riests of 2ymbeline% hiero"hantic%
from wide earth an altar
?$aud we the gods
&nd let our crooked smokes climb to their nostrils
9rom our blessBd altars?
The su"erior, the very reverend John 2onmee 4J reset his smooth watch
in his interior "ocket as he came down the "resbytery ste"s 9ive to
three Just nice time to walk to &rtane Dhat was that boyBs name againC
'ignam !es ?Here dignum et iustum est? Brother 4wan was the "erson
to see =r 2unninghamBs letter !es 5blige him, if "ossible Good
"ractical catholic% useful at mission time
& onelegged sailor, swinging himself onward by la>y jerks of his
crutches, growled some notes :e jerked short before the convent of the
sisters of charity and held out a "eaked ca" for alms towards the very
reverend John 2onmee 4 J 9ather 2onmee blessed him in the sun for his
"urse held, he knew, one silver crown
9ather 2onmee crossed to =ountjoy sAuare :e thought, but not for long,
of soldiers and sailors, whose legs had been shot off by cannonballs,
ending their days in some "au"er ward, and of cardinal DolseyBs words%
?3f 3 had served my God as 3 have served my king :e would not have
abandoned me in my old days? :e walked by the treeshade of sunnywinking
leaves% and towards him came the wife of =r 'avid 4heehy =P
##Hery well, indeed, father &nd you, fatherC
9ather 2onmee was wonderfully well indeed :e would go to BuEton
"robably for the waters &nd her boys, were they getting on well at
BelvedereC Das that soC 9ather 2onmee was very glad indeed to hear that
&nd =r 4heehy himselfC 4till in $ondon The house was still sitting, to
be sure it was Beautiful weather it was, delightful indeed !es, it was
very "robable that 9ather Bernard Haughan would come again to "reach 5,
yes% a very great success & wonderful man really
9ather 2onmee was very glad to see the wife of =r 'avid 4heehy =P
3ooking so well and he begged to be remembered to =r 'avid 4heehy =P
!es, he would certainly call
##Good afternoon, =rs 4heehy
9ather 2onmee doffed his silk hat and smiled, as he took leave, at the
jet beads of her mantilla inkshining in the sun &nd smiled yet again,
in going :e had cleaned his teeth, he knew, with arecanut "aste
9ather 2onmee walked and, walking, smiled for he thought on 9ather
Bernard HaughanBs droll eyes and cockney voice
##Pilate@ Dy donBt you old back that owlin mobC
& >ealous man, however 1eally he was &nd really did great good in his
way Beyond a doubt :e loved 3reland, he said, and he loved the 3rish
5f good family too would one think itC Delsh, were they notC
5, lest he forget That letter to father "rovincial
9ather 2onmee sto""ed three little schoolboys at the corner of =ountjoy
sAuare !es% they were from Belvedere The little house &ha &nd were
they good boys at schoolC 5 That was very good now &nd what was his
nameC Jack 4ohan &nd his nameC Ger Gallaher &nd the other little manC
:is name was Brunny $ynam 5, that was a very nice name to have
9ather 2onmee gave a letter from his breast to =aster Brunny $ynam and
"ointed to the red "illarboE at the corner of 9it>gibbon street
##But mind you donBt "ost yourself into the boE, little man, he said
The boys siEeyed 9ather 2onmee and laughed%
##5, sir
##Dell, let me see if you can "ost a letter, 9ather 2onmee said
=aster Brunny $ynam ran across the road and "ut 9ather 2onmeeBs letter
to father "rovincial into the mouth of the bright red letterboE 9ather
2onmee smiled and nodded and smiled and walked along =ountjoy sAuare
=r 'enis J =aginni, "rofessor of dancing Wc, in silk hat, slate
frockcoat with silk facings, white kerchief tie, tight lavender
trousers, canary gloves and "ointed "atent boots, walking with grave
de"ortment most res"ectfully took the curbstone as he "assed lady
=aEwell at the corner of 'ignamBs court
Das that not =rs =BGuinnessC
=rs =BGuinness, stately, silverhaired, bowed to 9ather 2onmee from the
farther foot"ath along which she sailed &nd 9ather 2onmee smiled and
saluted :ow did she doC
& fine carriage she had $ike =ary, Aueen of 4cots, something &nd to
think that she was a "awnbroker@ Dell, now@ 4uch a what should he
sayC such a Aueenly mien
9ather 2onmee walked down Great 2harles street and glanced at the shutu"
free church on his left The reverend T 1 Greene B& will K'HL
s"eak The incumbent they called him :e felt it incumbent on him to say
a few words But one should be charitable 3nvincible ignorance They
acted according to their lights
9ather 2onmee turned the corner and walked along the ;orth 2ircular
road 3t was a wonder that there was not a tramline in such an im"ortant
thoroughfare 4urely, there ought to be
& band of satchelled schoolboys crossed from 1ichmond street &ll
raised untidy ca"s 9ather 2onmee greeted them more than once benignly
2hristian brother boys
9ather 2onmee smelt incense on his right hand as he walked 4aint
Jose"hBs church, Portland row 9or aged and virtuous females
9ather 2onmee raised his hat to the Blessed 4acrament Hirtuous% but
occasionally they were also badtem"ered
;ear &ldborough house 9ather 2onmee thought of that s"endthrift
nobleman &nd now it was an office or something
9ather 2onmee began to walk along the ;orth 4trand road and was saluted
by =r Dilliam Gallagher who stood in the doorway of his sho" 9ather
2onmee saluted =r Dilliam Gallagher and "erceived the odours that came
from baconflitches and am"le cools of butter :e "assed GroganBs the
Tobacconist against which newsboards leaned and told of a dreadful
catastro"he in ;ew !ork 3n &merica those things were continually
ha""ening Unfortunate "eo"le to die like that, un"re"ared 4till, an
act of "erfect contrition
9ather 2onmee went by 'aniel BerginBs "ublichouse against the window of
which two unlabouring men lounged They saluted him and were saluted
9ather 2onmee "assed : J 5B;eillBs funeral establishment where 2orny
<elleher totted figures in the daybook while he chewed a blade of hay
& constable on his beat saluted 9ather 2onmee and 9ather 2onmee saluted
the constable 3n !oukstetterBs, the "orkbutcherBs, 9ather 2onmee
observed "igBs "uddings, white and black and red, lie neatly curled in
=oored under the trees of 2harleville =all 9ather 2onmee saw a
turfbarge, a towhorse with "endent head, a bargeman with a hat of dirty
straw seated amidshi"s, smoking and staring at a branch of "o"lar above
him 3t was idyllic% and 9ather 2onmee reflected on the "rovidence of
the 2reator who had made turf to be in bogs whence men might dig it
out and bring it to town and hamlet to make fires in the houses of "oor
5n ;ewcomen bridge the very reverend John 2onmee 4J of saint 9rancis
RavierBs church, u""er Gardiner street, ste""ed on to an outward bound
5ff an inward bound tram ste""ed the reverend ;icholas 'udley 2 2 of
saint &gathaBs church, north Dilliam street, on to ;ewcomen bridge
&t ;ewcomen bridge 9ather 2onmee ste""ed into an outward bound tram for
he disliked to traverse on foot the dingy way "ast =ud 3sland
9ather 2onmee sat in a corner of the tramcar, a blue ticket tucked with
care in the eye of one "lum" kid glove, while four shillings, a siE"ence
and five "ennies chuted from his other "lum" glove"alm into his "urse
Passing the ivy church he reflected that the ticket ins"ector usually
made his visit when one had carelessly thrown away the ticket The
solemnity of the occu"ants of the car seemed to 9ather 2onmee eEcessive
for a journey so short and chea" 9ather 2onmee liked cheerful decorum
3t was a "eaceful day The gentleman with the glasses o""osite 9ather
2onmee had finished eE"laining and looked down :is wife, 9ather 2onmee
su""osed & tiny yawn o"ened the mouth of the wife of the gentleman with
the glasses 4he raised her small gloved fist, yawned ever so gently,
ti"ta""ing her small gloved fist on her o"ening mouth and smiled tinily,
9ather 2onmee "erceived her "erfume in the car :e "erceived also that
the awkward man at the other side of her was sitting on the edge of the
9ather 2onmee at the altarrails "laced the host with difficulty in the
mouth of the awkward old man who had the shaky head
&t &nnesley bridge the tram halted and, when it was about to go, an old
woman rose suddenly from her "lace to alight The conductor "ulled the
bellstra" to stay the car for her 4he "assed out with her basket and
a marketnet% and 9ather 2onmee saw the conductor hel" her and net and
basket down% and 9ather 2onmee thought that, as she had nearly "assed
the end of the "enny fare, she was one of those good souls who had
always to be told twice ?bless you, my child,? that they have been
absolved, ?"ray for me? But they had so many worries in life, so many
cares, "oor creatures
9rom the hoardings =r Eugene 4tratton grimaced with thick niggerli"s at
9ather 2onmee
9ather 2onmee thought of the souls of black and brown and yellow men and
of his sermon on saint Peter 2laver 4J and the &frican mission and of
the "ro"agation of the faith and of the millions of black and brown and
yellow souls that had not received the ba"tism of water when their last
hour came like a thief in the night That book by the Belgian jesuit,
?$e ;ombre des Xlus,? seemed to 9ather 2onmee a reasonable "lea Those
were millions of human souls created by God in :is 5wn likeness to
whom the faith had not K'HL been brought But they were GodBs souls,
created by God 3t seemed to 9ather 2onmee a "ity that they should all
be lost, a waste, if one might say
&t the :owth road sto" 9ather 2onmee alighted, was saluted by the
conductor and saluted in his turn
The =alahide road was Auiet 3t "leased 9ather 2onmee, road and name
The joybells were ringing in gay =alahide $ord Talbot de =alahide,
immediate hereditary lord admiral of =alahide and the seas adjoining
Then came the call to arms and she was maid, wife and widow in one day
Those were old worldish days, loyal times in joyous townlands, old times
in the barony
9ather 2onmee, walking, thought of his little book ?5ld Times in the
Barony? and of the book that might be written about jesuit houses and of
=ary 1ochfort, daughter of lord =olesworth, first countess of Belvedere
& listless lady, no more young, walked alone the shore of lough Ennel,
=ary, first countess of Belvedere, listlessly walking in the evening,
not startled when an otter "lunged Dho could know the truthC ;ot the
jealous lord Belvedere and not her confessor if she had not committed
adultery fully, ?eiaculatio seminis inter vas naturale mulieris,? with
her husbandBs brotherC 4he would half confess if she had not all sinned
as women did 5nly God knew and she and he, her husbandBs brother
9ather 2onmee thought of that tyrannous incontinence, needed however for
manBs race on earth, and of the ways of God which were not our ways
'on John 2onmee walked and moved in times of yore :e was humane and
honoured there :e bore in mind secrets confessed and he smiled at
smiling noble faces in a beeswaEed drawingroom, ceiled with full fruit
clusters &nd the hands of a bride and of a bridegroom, noble to noble,
were im"almed by 'on John 2onmee
3t was a charming day
The lychgate of a field showed 9ather 2onmee breadths of cabbages,
curtseying to him with am"le underleaves The sky showed him a flock of
small white clouds going slowly down the wind ?=outonner,? the 9rench
said & just and homely word
9ather 2onmee, reading his office, watched a flock of muttoning clouds
over 1athcoffey :is thinsocked ankles were tickled by the stubble of
2longowes field :e walked there, reading in the evening, and heard
the cries of the boysB lines at their "lay, young cries in the Auiet
evening :e was their rector% his reign was mild
9ather 2onmee drew off his gloves and took his rededged breviary out &n
ivory bookmark told him the "age
;ones :e should have read that before lunch But lady =aEwell had come
9ather 2onmee read in secret ?Pater? and ?&ve? and crossed his breast
?'eus in adiutorium?
:e walked calmly and read mutely the nones, walking and reading till he
came to ?1es? in ?Beati immaculati% Princi"ium verborum tuorum veritas%
in eternum omnia indicia iustitiae tuae?
& flushed young man came from a ga" of a hedge and after him came a
young woman with wild nodding daisies in her hand The young man raised
his ca" abru"tly% the young woman abru"tly bent and with slow care
detached from her light skirt a clinging twig
9ather 2onmee blessed both gravely and turned a thin "age of his
breviary ?4in% Princi"es "ersecuti sunt me gratis% et a verbis tuis
formidavit cor meum?
8 8 8 8 8
2orny <elleher closed his long daybook and glanced with his droo"ing eye
at a "ine coffinlid sentried in a corner :e "ulled himself erect,
went to it and, s"inning it on its aEle, viewed its sha"e and brass
furnishings 2hewing his blade of hay he laid the coffinlid by and came
to the doorway There he tilted his hatbrim to give shade to his eyes
and leaned against the doorcase, looking idly out
9ather John 2onmee ste""ed into the 'ollymount tram on ;ewcomen bridge
2orny <elleher locked his largefooted boots and ga>ed, his hat
downtilted, chewing his blade of hay
2onstable 6I2, on his beat, stood to "ass the time of day
##ThatBs a fine day, =r <elleher
##&y, 2orny <elleher said
##3tBs very close, the constable said
2orny <elleher s"ed a silent jet of hayjuice arching from his mouth
while a generous white arm from a window in Eccles street flung forth a
##DhatBs the best newsC he asked
##3 seen that "articular "arty last evening, the constable said with
bated breath
8 8 8 8 8
& onelegged sailor crutched himself round =ac2onnellBs corner, skirting
1abaiottiBs icecream car, and jerked himself u" Eccles street Towards
$arry 5B1ourke, in shirtsleeves in his doorway, he growled unamiably%
##?9or England?
:e swung himself violently forward "ast <atey and Boody 'edalus, halted
and growled%
##?home and beauty?
J J 5B=olloyBs white careworn face was told that =r $ambert was in the
warehouse with a visitor
& stout lady sto""ed, took a co""er coin from her "urse and dro""ed it
into the ca" held out to her The sailor grumbled thanks, glanced sourly
at the unheeding windows, sank his head and swung himself forward four
:e halted and growled angrily%
##?9or England?
Two barefoot urchins, sucking long liAuorice laces, halted near him,
ga"ing at his stum" with their yellowslobbered mouths
:e swung himself forward in vigorous jerks, halted, lifted his head
towards a window and bayed dee"ly%
##?home and beauty?
The gay sweet chir"ing whistling within went on a bar or two, ceased
The blind of the window was drawn aside & card ?Unfurnished &"artments?
sli""ed from the sash and fell & "lum" bare generous arm shone, was
seen, held forth from a white "etticoatbodice and taut shiftstra"s &
womanBs hand flung forth a coin over the area railings 3t fell on the
5ne of the urchins ran to it, "icked it u" and dro""ed it into the
minstrelBs ca", saying%
##There, sir
8 8 8 8 8
<atey and Boody 'edalus shoved in the door of the closesteaming kitchen
##'id you "ut in the booksC Boody asked
=aggy at the range rammed down a greyish mass beneath bubbling suds
twice with her "otstick and wi"ed her brow
##They wouldnBt give anything on them, she said
9ather 2onmee walked through 2longowes fields, his thinsocked ankles
tickled by stubble
##Dhere did you tryC Boody asked
Boody stam"ed her foot and threw her satchel on the table
##Bad cess to her big face@ she cried
<atey went to the range and "eered with sAuinting eyes
##DhatBs in the "otC she asked
##4hirts, =aggy said
Boody cried angrily%
##2rickey, is there nothing for us to eatC
<atey, lifting the kettlelid in a "ad of her stained skirt, asked%
##&nd whatBs in thisC
& heavy fume gushed in answer
##Peasou", =aggy said
##Dhere did you get itC <atey asked
##4ister =ary Patrick, =aggy said
The lacAuey rang his bell
Boody sat down at the table and said hungrily%
##Give us it here
=aggy "oured yellow thick sou" from the kettle into a bowl <atey,
sitting o""osite Boody, said Auietly, as her fingerti" lifted to her
mouth random crumbs%
##& good job we have that much DhereBs 'illyC
##Gone to meet father, =aggy said
Boody, breaking big chunks of bread into the yellow sou", added%
##5ur father who art not in heaven
=aggy, "ouring yellow sou" in <ateyBs bowl, eEclaimed%
##Boody@ 9or shame@
& skiff, a crum"led throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down the
$iffey, under $oo"line bridge, shooting the ra"ids where water chafed
around the bridge"iers, sailing eastward "ast hulls and anchorchains,
between the 2ustomhouse old dock and GeorgeBs Auay
8 8 8 8 8
The blond girl in ThorntonBs bedded the wicker basket with rustling
fibre Bla>es Boylan handed her the bottle swathed in "ink tissue "a"er
and a small jar
##Put these in first, will youC he said
##!es, sir, the blond girl said &nd the fruit on to"
##ThatBll do, game ball, Bla>es Boylan said
4he bestowed fat "ears neatly, head by tail, and among them ri"e
shamefaced "eaches
Bla>es Boylan walked here and there in new tan shoes about the
fruitsmelling sho", lifting fruits, young juicy crinkled and "lum" red
tomatoes, sniffing smells
: E $ !B4 filed before him, tallwhitehatted, "ast Tangier lane,
"lodding towards their goal
:e turned suddenly from a chi" of strawberries, drew a gold watch from
his fob and held it at its chainBs length
##2an you send them by tramC ;owC
& darkbacked figure under =erchantsB arch scanned books on the hawkerBs
##2ertainly, sir 3s it in the cityC
##5, yes, Bla>es Boylan said Ten minutes
The blond girl handed him a docket and "encil
##Dill you write the address, sirC
Bla>es Boylan at the counter wrote and "ushed the docket to her
##4end it at once, will youC he said 3tBs for an invalid
##!es, sir 3 will, sir
Bla>es Boylan rattled merry money in his trousersB "ocket
##DhatBs the damageC he asked
The blond girlBs slim fingers reckoned the fruits
Bla>es Boylan looked into the cut of her blouse & young "ullet :e took
a red carnation from the tall stemglass
##This for meC he asked gallantly
The blond girl glanced sideways at him, got u" regardless, with his tie
a bit crooked, blushing
##!es, sir, she said
Bending archly she reckoned again fat "ears and blushing "eaches
Bla>es Boylan looked in her blouse with more favour, the stalk of the
red flower between his smiling teeth
##=ay 3 say a word to your tele"hone, missyC he asked roguishly
8 8 8 8 8
?##=a@? &lmidano &rtifoni said
:e ga>ed over 4te"henBs shoulder at GoldsmithBs knobby "oll
Two carfuls of tourists "assed slowly, their women sitting fore,
gri""ing the handrests Palefaces =enBs arms frankly round their
stunted forms They looked from Trinity to the blind columned "orch of
the bank of 3reland where "igeons roocoocooed
##?&nchBio ho avuto di Aueste idee, &$=3'&;5 &1T395;3 4&3', AuandB ero
giovine come $ei E""oi mi sono convinto che il mondo T una bestia
X "eccato PerchT la sua voce sarebbe un ces"ite di rendita, via
3nvece, $ei si sacrifica?
##?4acrifi>io incruento,? 4te"hen said smiling, swaying his ash"lant in
slow swingswong from its mid"oint, lightly
?##4"eriamo,? the round mustachioed face said "leasantly ?=a, dia retta
a me 2i rifletta?
By the stern stone hand of Grattan, bidding halt, an 3nchicore tram
unloaded straggling :ighland soldiers of a band
##?2i rifletterY,? 4te"hen said, glancing down the solid trouserleg
##?=a, sul serio, ehC? &lmidano &rtifoni said
:is heavy hand took 4te"henBs firmly :uman eyes They ga>ed curiously
an instant and turned Auickly towards a 'alkey tram
?##Eccolo,? &lmidano &rtifoni said in friendly haste ?Henga a trovarmi
e ci "ensi &ddio, caro?
##?&rrivederla, maestro,? 4te"hen said, raising his hat when his hand
was freed ?E gra>ie?
##?'i cheC? &lmidano &rtifoni said ?4cusi, ehC Tante belle cose@?
&lmidano &rtifoni, holding u" a baton of rolled music as a signal,
trotted on stout trousers after the 'alkey tram 3n vain he trotted,
signalling in vain among the rout of barekneed gillies smuggling
im"lements of music through Trinity gates
8 8 8 8 8
=iss 'unne hid the 2a"el street library co"y of ?The Doman in Dhite?
far back in her drawer and rolled a sheet of gaudy note"a"er into her
Too much mystery business in it 3s he in love with that one, =arionC
2hange it and get another by =ary 2ecil :aye
The disk shot down the groove, wobbled a while, ceased and ogled them%
=iss 'unne clicked on the keyboard%
##(J June (7*.
9ive tallwhitehatted sandwichmen between =ony"enyBs corner and the slab
where Dolfe ToneBs statue was not, eeled themselves turning : E $
!B4 and "lodded back as they had come
Then she stared at the large "oster of =arie <endall, charming
soubrette, and, listlessly lolling, scribbled on the jotter siEteens and
ca"ital esses =ustard hair and dauby cheeks 4heBs not nicelooking,
is sheC The way sheBs holding u" her bit of a skirt Donder will that
fellow be at the band tonight 3f 3 could get that dressmaker to make a
concertina skirt like 4usy ;agleBs They kick out grand 4hannon and
all the boatclub swells never took his eyes off her :o"e to goodness he
wonBt kee" me here till seven
The tele"hone rang rudely by her ear
##:ello !es, sir ;o, sir !es, sir 3Bll ring them u" after five 5nly
those two, sir, for Belfast and $iver"ool &ll right, sir Then 3 can go
after siE if youBre not back & Auarter after !es, sir Twentyseven and
siE 3Bll tell him !es% one, seven, siE
4he scribbled three figures on an envelo"e
##=r Boylan@ :ello@ That gentleman from 4P51T was in looking for you =r
$enehan, yes :e said heBll be in the 5rmond at four ;o, sir !es, sir
3Bll ring them u" after five
8 8 8 8 8
Two "ink faces turned in the flare of the tiny torch
##DhoBs thatC ;ed $ambert asked 3s that 2rottyC
##1ingabella and 2rosshaven, a voice re"lied gro"ing for foothold
##:ello, Jack, is that yourselfC ;ed $ambert said, raising in salute his
"liant lath among the flickering arches 2ome on =ind your ste"s there
The vesta in the clergymanBs u"lifted hand consumed itself in a long
soft flame and was let fall &t their feet its red s"eck died% and
mouldy air closed round them
##:ow interesting@ a refined accent said in the gloom
##!es, sir, ;ed $ambert said heartily De are standing in the historic
council chamber of saint =aryBs abbey where silken Thomas "roclaimed
himself a rebel in (6/. This is the most historic s"ot in all 'ublin
5B=adden Burke is going to write something about it one of these days
The old bank of 3reland was over the way till the time of the union and
the original jewsB tem"le was here too before they built their synagogue
over in &delaide road !ou were never here before, Jack, were youC
##;o, ;ed
##:e rode down through 'ame walk, the refined accent said, if my memory
serves me The mansion of the <ildares was in Thomas court
##ThatBs right, ;ed $ambert said ThatBs Auite right, sir
##3f you will be so kind then, the clergyman said, the neEt time to
allow me "erha"s
##2ertainly, ;ed $ambert said Bring the camera whenever you like 3Bll
get those bags cleared away from the windows !ou can take it from here
or from here
3n the still faint light he moved about, ta""ing with his lath the "iled
seedbags and "oints of vantage on the floor
9rom a long face a beard and ga>e hung on a chessboard
##3Bm dee"ly obliged, =r $ambert, the clergyman said 3 wonBt tres"ass
on your valuable time
##!ouBre welcome, sir, ;ed $ambert said 'ro" in whenever you like ;eEt
week, say 2an you seeC
##!es, yes Good afternoon, =r $ambert Hery "leased to have met you
##Pleasure is mine, sir, ;ed $ambert answered
:e followed his guest to the outlet and then whirled his lath away among
the "illars Dith J J 5B=olloy he came forth slowly into =aryBs abbey
where draymen were loading floats with sacks of carob and "almnut meal,
5B2onnor, DeEford
:e stood to read the card in his hand
##The reverend :ugh 2 $ove, 1athcoffey Present address% 4aint
=ichaelBs, 4allins ;ice young cha" he is :eBs writing a book about the
9it>geralds he told me :eBs well u" in history, faith
The young woman with slow care detached from her light skirt a clinging
##3 thought you were at a new gun"owder "lot, J J 5B=olloy said
;ed $ambert cracked his fingers in the air
##God@ he cried 3 forgot to tell him that one about the earl of <ildare
after he set fire to 2ashel cathedral !ou know that oneC ?3Bm bloody
sorry 3 did it,? says he, ?but 3 declare to God 3 thought the archbisho"
was inside? :e mightnBt like it, though DhatC God, 3Bll tell him
anyhow That was the great earl, the 9it>gerald =or :ot members they
were all of them, the Geraldines
The horses he "assed started nervously under their slack harness :e
sla""ed a "iebald haunch Auivering near him and cried%
##Doa, sonny@
:e turned to J J 5B=olloy and asked%
##Dell, Jack Dhat is itC DhatBs the troubleC Dait awhile :old hard
Dith ga"ing mouth and head far back he stood still and, after an
instant, snee>ed loudly
##2how@ he said Blast you@
##The dust from those sacks, J J 5B=olloy said "olitely
##;o, ;ed $ambert gas"ed, 3 caught a cold night before blast
your soul night before last and there was a hell of a lot of
:e held his handkerchief ready for the coming
##3 was Glasnevin this morning "oor little what do you call
him 2how@ =other of =oses@
8 8 8 8 8
Tom 1ochford took the to" disk from the "ile he clas"ed against his
claret waistcoat
##4eeC he said 4ay itBs turn siE 3n here, see Turn ;ow 5n
:e slid it into the left slot for them 3t shot down the groove, wobbled
a while, ceased, ogling them% siE
$awyers of the "ast, haughty, "leading, beheld "ass from the
consolidated taEing office to ;isi Prius court 1ichie Goulding carrying
the costbag of Goulding, 2ollis and Dard and heard rustling from the
admiralty division of kingBs bench to the court of a""eal an elderly
female with false teeth smiling incredulously and a black silk skirt of
great am"litude
##4eeC he said 4ee now the last one 3 "ut in is over here% Turns 5ver
The im"act $everage, seeC
:e showed them the rising column of disks on the right
##4mart idea, ;osey 9lynn said, snuffling 4o a fellow coming in late
can see what turn is on and what turns are over
##4eeC Tom 1ochford said
:e slid in a disk for himself% and watched it shoot, wobble, ogle, sto"%
four Turn ;ow 5n
##3Bll see him now in the 5rmond, $enehan said, and sound him 5ne good
turn deserves another
##'o, Tom 1ochford said Tell him 3Bm Boylan with im"atience
##Goodnight, =B2oy said abru"tly Dhen you two begin
;osey 9lynn stoo"ed towards the lever, snuffling at it
##But how does it work here, TommyC he asked
##Tooraloo, $enehan said 4ee you later
:e followed =B2oy out across the tiny sAuare of 2ram"ton court
##:eBs a hero, he said sim"ly
##3 know, =B2oy said The drain, you mean
##'rainC $enehan said 3t was down a manhole
They "assed 'an $owryBs musichall where =arie <endall, charming
soubrette, smiled on them from a "oster a dauby smile
Going down the "ath of 4ycamore street beside the Em"ire musichall
$enehan showed =B2oy how the whole thing was 5ne of those manholes like
a bloody gas"i"e and there was the "oor devil stuck down in it, half
choked with sewer gas 'own went Tom 1ochford anyhow, bookyBs vest and
all, with the ro"e round him &nd be damned but he got the ro"e round
the "oor devil and the two were hauled u"
##The act of a hero, he said
&t the 'ol"hin they halted to allow the ambulance car to gallo" "ast
them for Jervis street
##This way, he said, walking to the right 3 want to "o" into $ynamBs
to see 4ce"treBs starting "rice DhatBs the time by your gold watch and
=B2oy "eered into =arcus Tertius =osesB sombre office, then at 5B;eillBs
##&fter three, he said DhoBs riding herC
##5 =adden, $enehan said &nd a game filly she is
Dhile he waited in Tem"le bar =B2oy dodged a banana "eel with gentle
"ushes of his toe from the "ath to the gutter 9ellow might damn easy
get a nasty fall there coming along tight in the dark
The gates of the drive o"ened wide to give egress to the viceregal
##Even money, $enehan said returning 3 knocked against Bantam $yons
in there going to back a bloody horse someone gave him that hasnBt an
earthly Through here
They went u" the ste"s and under =erchantsB arch & darkbacked figure
scanned books on the hawkerBs cart
##There he is, $enehan said
##Donder what heBs buying, =B2oy said, glancing behind
##?$eo"oldo or the Bloom is on the 1ye,? $enehan said
##:eBs dead nuts on sales, =B2oy said 3 was with him one day and he
bought a book from an old one in $iffey street for two bob There were
fine "lates in it worth double the money, the stars and the moon and
comets with long tails &stronomy it was about
$enehan laughed
##3Bll tell you a damn good one about cometsB tails, he said 2ome over
in the sun
They crossed to the metal bridge and went along Dellington Auay by the
=aster Patrick &loysius 'ignam came out of =anganBs, late 9ehrenbachBs,
carrying a "ound and a half of "orksteaks
##There was a long s"read out at Glencree reformatory, $enehan said
eagerly The annual dinner, you know Boiled shirt affair The lord
mayor was there, Hal 'illon it was, and sir 2harles 2ameron and 'an
'awson s"oke and there was music Bartell dB&rcy sang and Benjamin
##3 know, =B2oy broke in =y missus sang there once
##'id sheC $enehan said
& card ?Unfurnished &"artments? rea""eared on the windowsash of number I
Eccles street
:e checked his tale a moment but broke out in a whee>y laugh
##But wait till 3 tell you, he said 'elahunt of 2amden street had the
catering and yours truly was chief bottlewasher Bloom and the wife were
there $ashings of stuff we "ut u"% "ort wine and sherry and curacao to
which we did am"le justice 9ast and furious it was &fter liAuids came
solids 2old joints galore and mince "ies
##3 know, =B2oy said The year the missus was there
$enehan linked his arm warmly
##But wait till 3 tell you, he said De had a midnight lunch too after
all the jollification and when we sallied forth it was blue oBclock the
morning after the night before 2oming home it was a gorgeous winterBs
night on the 9eatherbed =ountain Bloom and 2hris 2allinan were on one
side of the car and 3 was with the wife on the other De started singing
glees and duets% ?$o, the early beam of morning? 4he was well "rimed
with a good load of 'elahuntBs "ort under her bellyband Every jolt the
bloody car gave 3 had her bum"ing u" against me :ellBs delights@ 4he
has a fine "air, God bless her $ike that
:e held his caved hands a cubit from him, frowning%
##3 was tucking the rug under her and settling her boa all the time
<now what 3 meanC
:is hands moulded am"le curves of air :e shut his eyes tight in
delight, his body shrinking, and blew a sweet chir" from his li"s
##The lad stood to attention anyhow, he said with a sigh 4heBs a gamey
mare and no mistake Bloom was "ointing out all the stars and the comets
in the heavens to 2hris 2allinan and the jarvey% the great bear and
:ercules and the dragon, and the whole jingbang lot But, by God, 3 was
lost, so to s"eak, in the milky way :e knows them all, faith &t last
she s"otted a weeny weeshy one miles away ?&nd what star is that,
PoldyC? says she By God, she had Bloom cornered ?That one, is itC?
says 2hris 2allinan, ?sure thatBs only what you might call a "in"rick?
By God, he wasnBt far wide of the mark
$enehan sto""ed and leaned on the riverwall, "anting with soft laughter
##3Bm weak, he gas"ed
=B2oyBs white face smiled about it at instants and grew grave $enehan
walked on again :e lifted his yachtingca" and scratched his hindhead
ra"idly :e glanced sideways in the sunlight at =B2oy
##:eBs a cultured allroundman, Bloom is, he said seriously :eBs not one
of your common or garden you know ThereBs a touch of the artist
about old Bloom
8 8 8 8 8
=r Bloom turned over idly "ages of ?The &wful 'isclosures of =aria
=onk,? then of &ristotleBs ?=aster"iece? 2rooked botched "rint Plates%
infants cuddled in a ball in bloodred wombs like livers of slaughtered
cows $ots of them like that at this moment all over the world &ll
butting with their skulls to get out of it 2hild born every minute
somewhere =rs Purefoy
:e laid both books aside and glanced at the third% ?Tales of the Ghetto?
by $eo"old von 4acher =asoch
##That 3 had, he said, "ushing it by
The sho"man let two volumes fall on the counter
##Them are two good ones, he said
5nions of his breath came across the counter out of his ruined mouth
:e bent to make a bundle of the other books, hugged them against his
unbuttoned waistcoat and bore them off behind the dingy curtain
5n 5B2onnell bridge many "ersons observed the grave de"ortment and gay
a""arel of =r 'enis J =aginni, "rofessor of dancing Wc
=r Bloom, alone, looked at the titles ?9air Tyrants? by James
$ovebirch <now the kind that is :ad itC !es
:e o"ened it Thought so
& womanBs voice behind the dingy curtain $isten% the man
;o% she wouldnBt like that much Got her it once
:e read the other title% ?4weets of 4in? =ore in her line $et us see
:e read where his finger o"ened
?##&ll the dollarbills her husband gave her were s"ent in the stores on
wondrous gowns and costliest frillies 9or him@ 9or raoul@?
!es This :ere Try
##?:er mouth glued on his in a luscious volu"tuous kiss while his hands
felt for the o"ulent curves inside her deshabillN?
!es Take this The end
##?!ou are late, he s"oke hoarsely, eying her with a sus"icious glare
The beautiful woman threw off her sabletrimmed wra", dis"laying her
Aueenly shoulders and heaving embon"oint &n im"erce"tible smile "layed
round her "erfect li"s as she turned to him calmly?
=r Bloom read again% ?The beautiful woman?
Darmth showered gently over him, cowing his flesh 9lesh yielded am"ly
amid rum"led clothes% whites of eyes swooning u" :is nostrils arched
themselves for "rey =elting breast ointments K?for :im@ 9or 1aoul@?L
&rm"itsB oniony sweat 9ishgluey slime K?her heaving embon"oint@?L
9eel@ Press@ 2rushed@ 4ul"hur dung of lions@
!oung@ !oung@
&n elderly female, no more young, left the building of the courts of
chancery, kingBs bench, eEcheAuer and common "leas, having heard in
the lord chancellorBs court the case in lunacy of Potterton, in the
admiralty division the summons, eE"arte motion, of the owners of the
$ady 2airns versus the owners of the barAue =ona, in the court of a""eal
reservation of judgment in the case of :arvey versus the 5cean &ccident
and Guarantee 2or"oration
Phlegmy coughs shook the air of the booksho", bulging out the dingy
curtains The sho"manBs uncombed grey head came out and his unshaven
reddened face, coughing :e raked his throat rudely, "uked "hlegm on the
floor :e "ut his boot on what he had s"at, wi"ing his sole along it,
and bent, showing a rawskinned crown, scantily haired
=r Bloom beheld it
=astering his troubled breath, he said%
##3Bll take this one
The sho"man lifted eyes bleared with old rheum
##?4weets of 4in,? he said, ta""ing on it ThatBs a good one
8 8 8 8 8
The lacAuey by the door of 'illonBs auctionrooms shook his handbell
twice again and viewed himself in the chalked mirror of the cabinet
'illy 'edalus, loitering by the curbstone, heard the beats of the
bell, the cries of the auctioneer within 9our and nine Those lovely
curtains 9ive shillings 2osy curtains 4elling new at two guineas &ny
advance on five shillingsC Going for five shillings
The lacAuey lifted his handbell and shook it%
Bang of the lastla" bell s"urred the halfmile wheelmen to their s"rint
J & Jackson, D E Dylie, & =unro and : T Gahan, their stretched
necks wagging, negotiated the curve by the 2ollege library
=r 'edalus, tugging a long moustache, came round from DilliamsBs row :e
halted near his daughter
##3tBs time for you, she said
##4tand u" straight for the love of the lord Jesus, =r 'edalus said
&re you trying to imitate your uncle John, the cornet"layer, head u"on
shoulderC =elancholy God@
'illy shrugged her shoulders =r 'edalus "laced his hands on them and
held them back
##4tand u" straight, girl, he said !ouBll get curvature of the s"ine
'o you know what you look likeC
:e let his head sink suddenly down and forward, hunching his shoulders
and dro""ing his underjaw
##Give it u", father, 'illy said &ll the "eo"le are looking at you
=r 'edalus drew himself u"right and tugged again at his moustache
##'id you get any moneyC 'illy asked
##Dhere would 3 get moneyC =r 'edalus said There is no#one in 'ublin
would lend me four"ence
##!ou got some, 'illy said, looking in his eyes
##:ow do you know thatC =r 'edalus asked, his tongue in his cheek
=r <ernan, "leased with the order he had booked, walked boldly along
JamesBs street
##3 know you did, 'illy answered Dere you in the 4cotch house nowC
##3 was not, then, =r 'edalus said, smiling Das it the little nuns
taught you to be so saucyC :ere
:e handed her a shilling
##4ee if you can do anything with that, he said
##3 su""ose you got five, 'illy said Give me more than that
##Dait awhile, =r 'edalus said threateningly !ouBre like the rest of
them, are youC &n insolent "ack of little bitches since your "oor mother
died But wait awhile !ouBll all get a short shrift and a long day from
me $ow blackguardism@ 3Bm going to get rid of you DouldnBt care if 3
was stretched out stiff :eBs dead The man u"stairs is dead
:e left her and walked on 'illy followed Auickly and "ulled his coat
##Dell, what is itC he said, sto""ing
The lacAuey rang his bell behind their backs
##2urse your bloody blatant soul, =r 'edalus cried, turning on him
The lacAuey, aware of comment, shook the lolling cla""er of his bell but
=r 'edalus stared at him
##Datch him, he said 3tBs instructive 3 wonder will he allow us to
##!ou got more than that, father, 'illy said
##3Bm going to show you a little trick, =r 'edalus said 3Bll leave
you all where Jesus left the jews $ook, thereBs all 3 have 3 got
two shillings from Jack Power and 3 s"ent two"ence for a shave for the
:e drew forth a handful of co""er coins, nervously
##2anBt you look for some money somewhereC 'illy said
=r 'edalus thought and nodded
##3 will, he said gravely 3 looked all along the gutter in 5B2onnell
street 3Bll try this one now
##!ouBre very funny, 'illy said, grinning
##:ere, =r 'edalus said, handing her two "ennies Get a glass of milk
for yourself and a bun or a something 3Bll be home shortly
:e "ut the other coins in his "ocket and started to walk on
The viceregal cavalcade "assed, greeted by obseAuious "olicemen, out of
##3Bm sure you have another shilling, 'illy said
The lacAuey banged loudly
=r 'edalus amid the din walked off, murmuring to himself with a "ursing
mincing mouth gently%
##The little nuns@ ;ice little things@ 5, sure they wouldnBt do
anything@ 5, sure they wouldnBt really@ 3s it little sister =onica@
8 8 8 8 8
9rom the sundial towards JamesBs gate walked =r <ernan, "leased with the
order he had booked for Pulbrook 1obertson, boldly along JamesBs street,
"ast 4hackletonBs offices Got round him all right :ow do you do, =r
2rimminsC 9irst rate, sir 3 was afraid you might be u" in your other
establishment in Pimlico :ow are things goingC Just kee"ing alive
$ovely weather weBre having !es, indeed Good for the country Those
farmers are always grumbling 3Bll just take a thimbleful of your best
gin, =r 2rimmins & small gin, sir !es, sir Terrible affair that
General 4locum eE"losion Terrible, terrible@ & thousand casualties &nd
heartrending scenes =en tram"ling down women and children =ost brutal
thing Dhat do they say was the causeC 4"ontaneous combustion =ost
scandalous revelation ;ot a single lifeboat would float and the
firehose all burst Dhat 3 canBt understand is how the ins"ectors ever
allowed a boat like that ;ow, youBre talking straight, =r 2rimmins
!ou know whyC Palm oil 3s that a factC Dithout a doubt Dell now, look
at that &nd &merica they say is the land of the free 3 thought we were
bad here
3 smiled at him ?&merica,? 3 said Auietly, just like that ?Dhat is
itC The swee"ings of every country including our own 3snBt that trueC?
ThatBs a fact
Graft, my dear sir Dell, of course, where thereBs money going thereBs
always someone to "ick it u"
4aw him looking at my frockcoat 'ress does it ;othing like a dressy
a""earance Bowls them over
##:ello, 4imon, 9ather 2owley said :ow are thingsC
##:ello, Bob, old man, =r 'edalus answered, sto""ing
=r <ernan halted and "reened himself before the slo"ing mirror of Peter
<ennedy, hairdresser 4tylish coat, beyond a doubt 4cott of 'awson
street Dell worth the half sovereign 3 gave ;eary for it ;ever built
under three guineas 9its me down to the ground 4ome <ildare street
club toff had it "robably John =ulligan, the manager of the :ibernian
bank, gave me a very shar" eye yesterday on 2arlisle bridge as if he
remembered me
&ham@ =ust dress the character for those fellows <night of the road
Gentleman &nd now, =r 2rimmins, may we have the honour of your custom
again, sir The cu" that cheers but not inebriates, as the old saying
has it
;orth wall and sir John 1ogersonBs Auay, with hulls and anchorchains,
sailing westward, sailed by a skiff, a crum"led throwaway, rocked on the
ferrywash, Elijah is coming
=r <ernan glanced in farewell at his image :igh colour, of course
Gri>>led moustache 1eturned 3ndian officer Bravely he bore his stum"y
body forward on s"atted feet, sAuaring his shoulders 3s that ;ed
$ambertBs brother over the way, 4amC DhatC !es :eBs as like it as damn
it ;o The windscreen of that motorcar in the sun there Just a flash
like that 'amn like him
&ham@ :ot s"irit of juni"er juice warmed his vitals and his breath Good
dro" of gin, that was :is frocktails winked in bright sunshine to his
fat strut
'own there Emmet was hanged, drawn and Auartered Greasy black ro"e
'ogs licking the blood off the street when the lord lieutenantBs wife
drove by in her noddy
Bad times those were Dell, well 5ver and done with Great to"ers too
9ourbottle men
$et me see 3s he buried in saint =ichanBsC 5r no, there was a midnight
burial in Glasnevin 2or"se brought in through a secret door in the
wall 'ignam is there now Dent out in a "uff Dell, well Better turn
down here =ake a detour
=r <ernan turned and walked down the slo"e of Datling street by
the corner of GuinnessBs visitorsB waitingroom 5utside the 'ublin
'istillers 2om"anyBs stores an outside car without fare or jarvey stood,
the reins knotted to the wheel 'amn dangerous thing 4ome Ti""erary
bosthoon endangering the lives of the citi>ens 1unaway horse
'enis Breen with his tomes, weary of having waited an hour in John
:enry =entonBs office, led his wife over 5B2onnell bridge, bound for the
office of =essrs 2ollis and Dard
=r <ernan a""roached 3sland street
Times of the troubles =ust ask ;ed $ambert to lend me those
reminiscences of sir Jonah Barrington Dhen you look back on it all
now in a kind of retros"ective arrangement Gaming at 'alyBs ;o
cardshar"ing then 5ne of those fellows got his hand nailed to the table
by a dagger 4omewhere here lord Edward 9it>gerald esca"ed from major
4irr 4tables behind =oira house
'amn good gin that was
9ine dashing young nobleman Good stock, of course That ruffian, that
sham sAuire, with his violet gloves gave him away 2ourse they were
on the wrong side They rose in dark and evil days 9ine "oem that
is% 3ngram They were gentlemen Ben 'ollard does sing that ballad
touchingly =asterly rendition
?&t the siege of 1oss did my father fall?
& cavalcade in easy trot along Pembroke Auay "assed, outriders lea"ing,
lea"ing in their, in their saddles 9rockcoats 2ream sunshades
=r <ernan hurried forward, blowing "ursily
:is EEcellency@ Too bad@ Just missed that by a hair 'amn it@ Dhat a
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4te"hen 'edalus watched through the webbed window the la"idaryBs fingers
"rove a timedulled chain 'ust webbed the window and the showtrays 'ust
darkened the toiling fingers with their vulture nails 'ust sle"t
on dull coils of bron>e and silver, lo>enges of cinnabar, on rubies,
le"rous and winedark stones
Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold s"ecks of fire, evil, lights
shining in the darkness Dhere fallen archangels flung the stars of
their brows =uddy swinesnouts, hands, root and root, gri"e and wrest
4he dances in a foul gloom where gum bums with garlic & sailorman,
rustbearded, si"s from a beaker rum and eyes her & long and seafed
silent rut 4he dances, ca"ers, wagging her sowish haunches and her
hi"s, on her gross belly fla""ing a ruby egg
5ld 1ussell with a smeared shammy rag burnished again his gem, turned it
and held it at the "oint of his =osesB beard Grandfather a"e gloating
on a stolen hoard
&nd you who wrest old images from the burial earthC The brainsick words
of so"hists% &ntisthenes & lore of drugs 5rient and immortal wheat
standing from everlasting to everlasting
Two old women fresh from their whiff of the briny trudged through
3rishtown along $ondon bridge road, one with a sanded tired umbrella,
one with a midwifeBs bag in which eleven cockles rolled
The whirr of fla""ing leathern bands and hum of dynamos from the
"owerhouse urged 4te"hen to be on Beingless beings 4to"@ Throb always
without you and the throb always within !our heart you sing of 3
between them DhereC Between two roaring worlds where they swirl, 3
4hatter them, one and both But stun myself too in the blow 4hatter me
you who can Bawd and butcher were the words 3 say@ ;ot yet awhile &
look around
!es, Auite true Hery large and wonderful and kee"s famous time !ou say
right, sir & =onday morning, Btwas so, indeed
4te"hen went down Bedford row, the handle of the ash clacking against
his shoulderblade 3n 2lohisseyBs window a faded (+J* "rint of :eenan
boEing 4ayers held his eye 4taring backers with sAuare hats stood
round the ro"ed "ri>ering The heavyweights in tight loincloths "ro"osed
gently each to other his bulbous fists &nd they are throbbing% heroesB
:e turned and halted by the slanted bookcart
##Two"ence each, the huckster said 9our for siE"ence
Tattered "ages ?The 3rish Beekee"er $ife and =iracles of the 2urN of
&rs Pocket Guide to <illarney?
3 might find here one of my "awned school"ri>es ?4te"hano 'edalo,
alumno o"timo, "almam ferenti?
9ather 2onmee, having read his little hours, walked through the hamlet
of 'onnycarney, murmuring ves"ers
Binding too good "robably Dhat is thisC Eighth and ninth book of =oses
4ecret of all secrets 4eal of <ing 'avid Thumbed "ages% read and read
Dho has "assed here before meC :ow to soften cha""ed hands 1eci"e for
white wine vinegar :ow to win a womanBs love 9or me this 4ay the
following talisman three times with hands folded%
##?4e el yilo nebrakada femininum@ &mor me solo@ 4anktus@ &men?
Dho wrote thisC 2harms and invocations of the most blessed abbot Peter
4alanka to all true believers divulged &s good as any other abbotBs
charms, as mumbling JoachimBs 'own, baldynoddle, or weBll wool your
##Dhat are you doing here, 4te"henC
'illyBs high shoulders and shabby dress
4hut the book Auick 'onBt let see
##Dhat are you doingC 4te"hen said
& 4tuart face of nonesuch 2harles, lank locks falling at its sides 3t
glowed as she crouched feeding the fire with broken boots 3 told her
of Paris $ate lieabed under a Auilt of old overcoats, fingering a
"inchbeck bracelet, 'an <ellyBs token ?;ebrakada femininum?
##Dhat have you thereC 4te"hen asked
##3 bought it from the other cart for a "enny, 'illy said, laughing
nervously 3s it any goodC
=y eyes they say she has 'o others see me soC Guick, far and daring
4hadow of my mind
:e took the coverless book from her hand 2hardenalBs 9rench "rimer
##Dhat did you buy that forC he asked To learn 9renchC
4he nodded, reddening and closing tight her li"s
4how no sur"rise Guite natural
##:ere, 4te"hen said 3tBs all right =ind =aggy doesnBt "awn it on you
3 su""ose all my books are gone
##4ome, 'illy said De had to
4he is drowning &genbite 4ave her &genbite &ll against us 4he will
drown me with her, eyes and hair $ank coils of seaweed hair around me,
my heart, my soul 4alt green death
&genbite of inwit 3nwitBs agenbite
=isery@ =isery@
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##:ello, 4imon, 9ather 2owley said :ow are thingsC
##:ello, Bob, old man, =r 'edalus answered, sto""ing
They clas"ed hands loudly outside 1eddy and 'aughterBs 9ather 2owley
brushed his moustache often downward with a scoo"ing hand
##DhatBs the best newsC =r 'edalus said
##Dhy then not much, 9ather 2owley said 3Bm barricaded u", 4imon, with
two men "rowling around the house trying to effect an entrance
##Jolly, =r 'edalus said Dho is itC
##5, 9ather 2owley said & certain gombeen man of our acAuaintance
##Dith a broken back, is itC =r 'edalus asked
##The same, 4imon, 9ather 2owley answered 1euben of that ilk 3Bm just
waiting for Ben 'ollard :eBs going to say a word to long John to get
him to take those two men off &ll 3 want is a little time
:e looked with vague ho"e u" and down the Auay, a big a""le bulging in
his neck
##3 know, =r 'edalus said, nodding Poor old bockedy Ben@ :eBs always
doing a good turn for someone :old hard@
:e "ut on his glasses and ga>ed towards the metal bridge an instant
##There he is, by God, he said, arse and "ockets
Ben 'ollardBs loose blue cutaway and sAuare hat above large slo"s
crossed the Auay in full gait from the metal bridge :e came towards
them at an amble, scratching actively behind his coattails
&s he came near =r 'edalus greeted%
##:old that fellow with the bad trousers
##:old him now, Ben 'ollard said
=r 'edalus eyed with cold wandering scorn various "oints of Ben
'ollardBs figure Then, turning to 9ather 2owley with a nod, he muttered
##ThatBs a "retty garment, isnBt it, for a summerBs dayC
##Dhy, God eternally curse your soul, Ben 'ollard growled furiously, 3
threw out more clothes in my time than you ever saw
:e stood beside them beaming, on them first and on his roomy clothes
from "oints of which =r 'edalus flicked fluff, saying%
##They were made for a man in his health, Ben, anyhow
##Bad luck to the jewman that made them, Ben 'ollard said Thanks be to
God heBs not "aid yet
##&nd how is that ?basso "rofondo?, BenjaminC 9ather 2owley asked
2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor 9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell, murmuring,
glassyeyed, strode "ast the <ildare street club
Ben 'ollard frowned and, making suddenly a chanterBs mouth, gave forth a
dee" note
##&w@ he said
##ThatBs the style, =r 'edalus said, nodding to its drone
##Dhat about thatC Ben 'ollard said ;ot too dustyC DhatC
:e turned to both
##ThatBll do, 9ather 2owley said, nodding also
The reverend :ugh 2 $ove walked from the old cha"terhouse of saint
=aryBs abbey "ast James and 2harles <ennedyBs, rectifiers, attended by
Geraldines tall and "ersonable, towards the Tholsel beyond the ford of
Ben 'ollard with a heavy list towards the sho"fronts led them forward,
his joyful fingers in the air
##2ome along with me to the subsheriffBs office, he said 3 want to
show you the new beauty 1ock has for a bailiff :eBs a cross between
$obengula and $ynchehaun :eBs well worth seeing, mind you 2ome along
3 saw John :enry =enton casually in the Bodega just now and it will cost
me a fall if 3 donBt Dait awhile DeBre on the right lay, Bob,
believe you me
##9or a few days tell him, 9ather 2owley said anEiously
Ben 'ollard halted and stared, his loud orifice o"en, a dangling button
of his coat wagging brightbacked from its thread as he wi"ed away the
heavy shraums that clogged his eyes to hear aright
##Dhat few daysC he boomed :asnBt your landlord distrained for rentC
##:e has, 9ather 2owley said
##Then our friendBs writ is not worth the "a"er itBs "rinted on, Ben
'ollard said The landlord has the "rior claim 3 gave him all the
"articulars )7 Dindsor avenue $ove is the nameC
##ThatBs right, 9ather 2owley said The reverend =r $ove :eBs a
minister in the country somewhere But are you sure of thatC
##!ou can tell Barabbas from me, Ben 'ollard said, that he can "ut that
writ where Jacko "ut the nuts
:e led 9ather 2owley boldly forward, linked to his bulk
##9ilberts 3 believe they were, =r 'edalus said, as he dro""ed his
glasses on his coatfront, following them
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##The youngster will be all right, =artin 2unningham said, as they
"assed out of the 2astleyard gate
The "oliceman touched his forehead
##God bless you, =artin 2unningham said, cheerily
:e signed to the waiting jarvey who chucked at the reins and set on
towards $ord Edward street
Bron>e by gold, =iss <ennedyBs head by =iss 'ouceBs head, a""eared above
the crossblind of the 5rmond hotel
##!es, =artin 2unningham said, fingering his beard 3 wrote to 9ather
2onmee and laid the whole case before him
##!ou could try our friend, =r Power suggested backward
##BoydC =artin 2unningham said shortly Touch me not
John Dyse ;olan, lagging behind, reading the list, came after them
Auickly down 2ork hill
5n the ste"s of the 2ity hall 2ouncillor ;annetti, descending, hailed
&lderman 2owley and 2ouncillor &braham $yon ascending
The castle car wheeled em"ty into u""er EEchange street
##$ook here, =artin, John Dyse ;olan said, overtaking them at the ?=ail?
office 3 see Bloom "ut his name down for five shillings
##Guite right, =artin 2unningham said, taking the list &nd "ut down the
five shillings too
##Dithout a second word either, =r Power said
##4trange but true, =artin 2unningham added
John Dyse ;olan o"ened wide eyes
##3Bll say there is much kindness in the jew, he Auoted, elegantly
They went down Parliament street
##ThereBs Jimmy :enry, =r Power said, just heading for <avanaghBs
##1ighto, =artin 2unningham said :ere goes
5utside ?la =aison 2laire? Bla>es Boylan waylaid Jack =ooneyBs
brother#in#law, hum"y, tight, making for the liberties
John Dyse ;olan fell back with =r Power, while =artin 2unningham took
the elbow of a da""er little man in a shower of hail suit, who walked
uncertainly, with hasty ste"s "ast =icky &ndersonBs watches
##The assistant town clerkBs corns are giving him some trouble, John
Dyse ;olan told =r Power
They followed round the corner towards James <avanaghBs winerooms The
em"ty castle car fronted them at rest in EsseE gate =artin 2unningham,
s"eaking always, showed often the list at which Jimmy :enry did not
##&nd long John 9anning is here too, John Dyse ;olan said, as large as
The tall form of long John 9anning filled the doorway where he stood
##Good day, =r 4ubsheriff, =artin 2unningham said, as all halted and
$ong John 9anning made no way for them :e removed his large :enry 2lay
decisively and his large fierce eyes scowled intelligently over all
their faces
##&re the conscri"t fathers "ursuing their "eaceful deliberationsC he
said with rich acrid utterance to the assistant town clerk
:ell o"en to christians they were having, Jimmy :enry said "ettishly,
about their damned 3rish language Dhere was the marshal, he wanted
to know, to kee" order in the council chamber &nd old Barlow the
macebearer laid u" with asthma, no mace on the table, nothing in order,
no Auorum even, and :utchinson, the lord mayor, in $landudno and little
$orcan 4herlock doing ?locum tenens? for him 'amned 3rish language,
language of our forefathers
$ong John 9anning blew a "lume of smoke from his li"s
=artin 2unningham s"oke by turns, twirling the "eak of his beard, to the
assistant town clerk and the subsheriff, while John Dyse ;olan held his
##Dhat 'ignam was thatC long John 9anning asked
Jimmy :enry made a grimace and lifted his left foot
##5, my corns@ he said "laintively 2ome u"stairs for goodnessB sake
till 3 sit down somewhere Uff@ 5oo@ =ind@
Testily he made room for himself beside long John 9anningBs flank and
"assed in and u" the stairs
##2ome on u", =artin 2unningham said to the subsheriff 3 donBt think
you knew him or "erha"s you did, though
Dith John Dyse ;olan =r Power followed them in
##'ecent little soul he was, =r Power said to the stalwart back of long
John 9anning ascending towards long John 9anning in the mirror
##1ather lowsi>ed 'ignam of =entonBs office that was, =artin 2unningham
$ong John 9anning could not remember him
2latter of horsehoofs sounded from the air
##DhatBs thatC =artin 2unningham said
&ll turned where they stood John Dyse ;olan came down again 9rom the
cool shadow of the doorway he saw the horses "ass Parliament street,
harness and glossy "asterns in sunlight shimmering Gaily they went "ast
before his cool unfriendly eyes, not Auickly 3n saddles of the leaders,
lea"ing leaders, rode outriders
##Dhat was itC =artin 2unningham asked, as they went on u" the
##The lord lieutenantgeneral and general governor of 3reland, John Dyse
;olan answered from the stairfoot
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&s they trod across the thick car"et Buck =ulligan whis"ered behind his
Panama to :aines%
##ParnellBs brother There in the corner
They chose a small table near the window, o""osite a longfaced man whose
beard and ga>e hung intently down on a chessboard
##3s that heC :aines asked, twisting round in his seat
##!es, =ulligan said ThatBs John :oward, his brother, our city marshal
John :oward Parnell translated a white bisho" Auietly and his grey claw
went u" again to his forehead whereat it rested &n instant after, under
its screen, his eyes looked Auickly, ghostbright, at his foe and fell
once more u"on a working corner
##3Bll take a ?mNlange,? :aines said to the waitress
##Two ?mNlanges,? Buck =ulligan said &nd bring us some scones and
butter and some cakes as well
Dhen she had gone he said, laughing%
##De call it 'B2 because they have damn bad cakes 5, but you missed
'edalus on ?:amlet?
:aines o"ened his newbought book
##3Bm sorry, he said 4hakes"eare is the ha""y huntingground of all
minds that have lost their balance
The onelegged sailor growled at the area of (. ;elson street%
##?England eE"ects?
Buck =ulliganBs "rimrose waistcoat shook gaily to his laughter
##!ou should see him, he said, when his body loses its balance
Dandering &engus 3 call him
##3 am sure he has an ?idNe fiEe,? :aines said, "inching his chin
thoughtfully with thumb and forefinger ;ow 3 am s"eculating what it
would be likely to be 4uch "ersons always have
Buck =ulligan bent across the table gravely
##They drove his wits astray, he said, by visions of hell :e will never
ca"ture the &ttic note The note of 4winburne, of all "oets, the white
death and the ruddy birth That is his tragedy :e can never be a "oet
The joy of creation
##Eternal "unishment, :aines said, nodding curtly 3 see 3 tackled him
this morning on belief There was something on his mind, 3 saw
3tBs rather interesting because "rofessor Pokorny of Hienna makes an
interesting "oint out of that
Buck =ulliganBs watchful eyes saw the waitress come :e hel"ed her to
unload her tray
##:e can find no trace of hell in ancient 3rish myth, :aines said, amid
the cheerful cu"s The moral idea seems lacking, the sense of destiny,
of retribution 1ather strange he should have just that fiEed idea 'oes
he write anything for your movementC
:e sank two lum"s of sugar deftly longwise through the whi""ed cream
Buck =ulligan slit a steaming scone in two and "lastered butter over its
smoking "ith :e bit off a soft "iece hungrily
##Ten years, he said, chewing and laughing :e is going to write
something in ten years
##4eems a long way off, :aines said, thoughtfully lifting his s"oon
4till, 3 shouldnBt wonder if he did after all
:e tasted a s"oonful from the creamy cone of his cu"
##This is real 3rish cream 3 take it, he said with forbearance 3 donBt
want to be im"osed on
Elijah, skiff, light crum"led throwaway, sailed eastward by flanks of
shi"s and trawlers, amid an archi"elago of corks, beyond new Da""ing
street "ast BensonBs ferry, and by the threemasted schooner ?1osevean?
from Bridgwater with bricks
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&lmidano &rtifoni walked "ast :olles street, "ast 4ewellBs yard
Behind him 2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor 9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell, with
stickumbrelladustcoat dangling, shunned the lam" before =r $aw 4mithBs
house and, crossing, walked along =errion sAuare 'istantly behind him a
blind stri"ling ta""ed his way by the wall of 2ollege "ark
2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor 9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell walked as far as
=r $ewis DernerBs cheerful windows, then turned and strode back along
=errion sAuare, his stickumbrelladustcoat dangling
&t the corner of DildeBs house he halted, frowned at ElijahBs name
announced on the =etro"olitan hall, frowned at the distant "leasance of
dukeBs lawn :is eyeglass flashed frowning in the sun Dith ratsteeth
bared he muttered%
##?2oactus volui?
:e strode on for 2lare street, grinding his fierce word
&s he strode "ast =r BloomBs dental windows the sway of his dustcoat
brushed rudely from its angle a slender ta""ing cane and swe"t onwards,
having buffeted a thewless body The blind stri"ling turned his sickly
face after the striding form
##GodBs curse on you, he said sourly, whoever you are@ !ouBre blinder
nor 3 am, you bitchBs bastard@
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5""osite 1uggy 5B'onohoeBs =aster Patrick &loysius 'ignam, "awing the
"ound and a half of =anganBs, late 9ehrenbachBs, "orksteaks he had been
sent for, went along warm Dicklow street dawdling 3t was too blooming
dull sitting in the "arlour with =rs 4toer and =rs Guigley and =rs
=ac'owell and the blind down and they all at their sniffles and si""ing
su"s of the su"erior tawny sherry uncle Barney brought from TunneyBs
&nd they eating crumbs of the cottage fruitcake, jawing the whole
blooming time and sighing
&fter Dicklow lane the window of =adame 'oyle, courtdress milliner,
sto""ed him :e stood looking in at the two "uckers stri""ed to their
"elts and "utting u" their "ro"s 9rom the sidemirrors two mourning
=asters 'ignam ga"ed silently =yler <eogh, 'ublinBs "et lamb, will
meet sergeantmajor Bennett, the Portobello bruiser, for a "urse of fifty
sovereigns Gob, thatBd be a good "ucking match to see =yler <eogh,
thatBs the cha" s"arring out to him with the green sash Two bar
entrance, soldiers half "rice 3 could easy do a bunk on ma =aster
'ignam on his left turned as he turned ThatBs me in mourning Dhen
is itC =ay the twentysecond 4ure, the blooming thing is all over :e
turned to the right and on his right =aster 'ignam turned, his ca" awry,
his collar sticking u" Buttoning it down, his chin lifted, he saw the
image of =arie <endall, charming soubrette, beside the two "uckers 5ne
of them mots that do be in the "ackets of fags 4toer smokes that his old
fellow welted hell out of him for one time he found out
=aster 'ignam got his collar down and dawdled on The best "ucker going
for strength was 9it>simons 5ne "uck in the wind from that fellow would
knock you into the middle of neEt week, man But the best "ucker for
science was Jem 2orbet before 9it>simons knocked the stuffings out of
him, dodging and all
3n Grafton street =aster 'ignam saw a red flower in a toffBs mouth and
a swell "air of kicks on him and he listening to what the drunk was
telling him and grinning all the time
;o 4andymount tram
=aster 'ignam walked along ;assau street, shifted the "orksteaks to
his other hand :is collar s"rang u" again and he tugged it down The
blooming stud was too small for the buttonhole of the shirt, blooming
end to it :e met schoolboys with satchels 3Bm not going tomorrow
either, stay away till =onday :e met other schoolboys 'o they notice
3Bm in mourningC Uncle Barney said heBd get it into the "a"er tonight
Then theyBll all see it in the "a"er and read my name "rinted and "aBs
:is face got all grey instead of being red like it was and there was a
fly walking over it u" to his eye The scrunch that was when they
were screwing the screws into the coffin% and the bum"s when they were
bringing it downstairs
Pa was inside it and ma crying in the "arlour and uncle Barney telling
the men how to get it round the bend & big coffin it was, and high and
heavylooking :ow was thatC The last night "a was boosed he was standing
on the landing there bawling out for his boots to go out to TunneyBs for
to boose more and he looked butty and short in his shirt ;ever see him
again 'eath, that is Pa is dead =y father is dead :e told me to be
a good son to ma 3 couldnBt hear the other things he said but 3 saw
his tongue and his teeth trying to say it better Poor "a That was
=r 'ignam, my father 3 ho"e heBs in "urgatory now because he went to
confession to 9ather 2onroy on 4aturday night
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Dilliam :umble, earl of 'udley, and lady 'udley, accom"anied by
lieutenantcolonel :eseltine, drove out after luncheon from the viceregal
lodge 3n the following carriage were the honourable =rs Paget, =iss de
2ourcy and the honourable Gerald Dard &'2 in attendance
The cavalcade "assed out by the lower gate of PhoeniE "ark saluted by
obseAuious "olicemen and "roceeded "ast <ingsbridge along the northern
Auays The viceroy was most cordially greeted on his way through the
metro"olis &t Bloody bridge =r Thomas <ernan beyond the river greeted
him vainly from afar Between GueenBs and Dhitworth bridges lord 'udleyBs
viceregal carriages "assed and were unsaluted by =r 'udley Dhite, B
$, = &, who stood on &rran Auay outside =rs = E DhiteBs, the
"awnbrokerBs, at the corner of &rran street west stroking his nose with
his forefinger, undecided whether he should arrive at Phibsborough
more Auickly by a tri"le change of tram or by hailing a car or on foot
through 4mithfield, 2onstitution hill and Broadstone terminus 3n the
"orch of 9our 2ourts 1ichie Goulding with the costbag of Goulding,
2ollis and Dard saw him with sur"rise Past 1ichmond bridge at the
doorste" of the office of 1euben J 'odd, solicitor, agent for the
Patriotic 3nsurance 2om"any, an elderly female about to enter changed
her "lan and retracing her ste"s by <ingBs windows smiled credulously
on the re"resentative of :is =ajesty 9rom its sluice in Dood Auay wall
under Tom 'evanBs office Poddle river hung out in fealty a tongue of
liAuid sewage &bove the crossblind of the 5rmond hotel, gold by bron>e,
=iss <ennedyBs head by =iss 'ouceBs head watched and admired 5n 5rmond
Auay =r 4imon 'edalus, steering his way from the greenhouse for the
subsheriffBs office, stood still in midstreet and brought his hat low
:is EEcellency graciously returned =r 'edalusB greeting 9rom 2ahillBs
corner the reverend :ugh 2 $ove, =&, made obeisance un"erceived,
mindful of lords de"uties whose hands benignant had held of yore rich
advowsons 5n Grattan bridge $enehan and =B2oy, taking leave of each
other, watched the carriages go by Passing by 1oger GreeneBs office and
'ollardBs big red "rintinghouse Gerty =ac'owell, carrying the 2atesbyBs
cork lino letters for her father who was laid u", knew by the style
it was the lord and lady lieutenant but she couldnBt see what :er
EEcellency had on because the tram and 4"ringBs big yellow furniture van
had to sto" in front of her on account of its being the lord lieutenant
Beyond $undy 9ootBs from the shaded door of <avanaghBs winerooms
John Dyse ;olan smiled with unseen coldness towards the lord
lieutenantgeneral and general governor of 3reland The 1ight :onourable
Dilliam :umble, earl of 'udley, G 2 H 5, "assed =icky &ndersonBs all
times ticking watches and :enry and JamesBs waE smartsuited freshcheeked
models, the gentleman :enry, ?dernier cri? James 5ver against 'ame gate
Tom 1ochford and ;osey 9lynn watched the a""roach of the cavalcade Tom
1ochford, seeing the eyes of lady 'udley fiEed on him, took his thumbs
Auickly out of the "ockets of his claret waistcoat and doffed his ca" to
her & charming ?soubrette,? great =arie <endall, with dauby cheeks and
lifted skirt smiled daubily from her "oster u"on Dilliam :umble, earl
of 'udley, and u"on lieutenantcolonel : G :eseltine, and also u"on
the honourable Gerald Dard & ' 2 9rom the window of the ' B 2 Buck
=ulligan gaily, and :aines gravely, ga>ed down on the viceregal eAui"age
over the shoulders of eager guests, whose mass of forms darkened the
chessboard whereon John :oward Parnell looked intently 3n 9ownesBs
street 'illy 'edalus, straining her sight u"ward from 2hardenalBs first
9rench "rimer, saw sunshades s"anned and wheels"okes s"inning in the
glare John :enry =enton, filling the doorway of 2ommercial Buildings,
stared from winebig oyster eyes, holding a fat gold hunter watch not
looked at in his fat left hand not feeling it Dhere the foreleg of <ing
BillyBs horse "awed the air =rs Breen "lucked her hastening husband
back from under the hoofs of the outriders 4he shouted in his ear the
tidings Understanding, he shifted his tomes to his left breast
and saluted the second carriage The honourable Gerald Dard &'2,
agreeably sur"rised, made haste to re"ly &t PonsonbyBs corner a jaded
white flagon : halted and four tallhatted white flagons halted behind
him, E$!B4, while outriders "ranced "ast and carriages 5""osite
PigottBs music warerooms =r 'enis J =aginni, "rofessor of dancing Wc,
gaily a""arelled, gravely walked, out"assed by a viceroy and unobserved
By the "rovostBs wall came jauntily Bla>es Boylan, ste""ing in tan shoes
and socks with skyblue clocks to the refrain of ?=y girlBs a !orkshire
Bla>es Boylan "resented to the leadersB skyblue frontlets and high
action a skyblue tie, a widebrimmed straw hat at a rakish angle and a
suit of indigo serge :is hands in his jacket "ockets forgot to salute
but he offered to the three ladies the bold admiration of his eyes and
the red flower between his li"s &s they drove along ;assau street :is
EEcellency drew the attention of his bowing consort to the "rogramme of
music which was being discoursed in 2ollege "ark Unseen bra>en highland
laddies blared and drumthum"ed after the ?cortTge?%
?But though sheBs a factory lass
&nd wears no fancy clothes
!et 3Bve a sort of a
!orkshire relish for
=y little !orkshire rose
Thither of the wall the Auartermile flat handica""ers, = 2 Green, :
4hrift, T = Patey, 2 4caife, J B Jeffs, G ; =or"hy, 9 4tevenson,
2 &dderly and D 2 :uggard, started in "ursuit 4triding "ast 9innBs
hotel 2ashel Boyle 5B2onnor 9it>maurice Tisdall 9arrell stared through a
fierce eyeglass across the carriages at the head of =r = E 4olomons
in the window of the &ustro#:ungarian viceconsulate 'ee" in $einster
street by TrinityBs "ostern a loyal kingBs man, :ornblower, touched
his tallyho ca" &s the glossy horses "ranced by =errion sAuare =aster
Patrick &loysius 'ignam, waiting, saw salutes being given to the gent
with the to""er and raised also his new black ca" with fingers greased
by "orksteak "a"er :is collar too s"rang u" The viceroy, on his way to
inaugurate the =irus ba>aar in aid of funds for =ercerBs hos"ital,
drove with his following towards $ower =ount street :e "assed a blind
stri"ling o""osite BroadbentBs 3n $ower =ount street a "edestrian in a
brown macintosh, eating dry bread, "assed swiftly and unscathed across
the viceroyBs "ath &t the 1oyal 2anal bridge, from his hoarding,
=r Eugene 4tratton, his blub li"s agrin, bade all comers welcome to
Pembroke townshi" &t :addington road corner two sanded women halted
themselves, an umbrella and a bag in which eleven cockles rolled to view
with wonder the lord mayor and lady mayoress without his golden chain
5n ;orthumberland and $ansdowne roads :is EEcellency acknowledged
"unctually salutes from rare male walkers, the salute of two small
schoolboys at the garden gate of the house said to have been admired
by the late Aueen when visiting the 3rish ca"ital with her husband, the
"rince consort, in (+.7 and the salute of &lmidano &rtifoniBs sturdy
trousers swallowed by a closing door
Bron>e by gold heard the hoofirons, steelyringing 3m"erthnthn thnthnthn
2hi"s, "icking chi"s off rocky thumbnail, chi"s
:orrid@ &nd gold flushed more
& husky fifenote blew
Blew Blue bloom is on the
Gold"innacled hair
& jum"ing rose on satiny breast of satin, rose of 2astile
Trilling, trilling% 3dolores
Pee"@ DhoBs in the "ee"ofgoldC
Tink cried to bron>e in "ity
&nd a call, "ure, long and throbbing $ongindying call
'ecoy 4oft word But look% the bright stars fade ;otes chirru"ing
5 rose@ 2astile The morn is breaking
Jingle jingle jaunted jingling
2oin rang 2lock clacked
&vowal ?4onne>? 3 could 1ebound of garter ;ot leave thee 4mack ?$a
cloche@? Thigh smack &vowal Darm 4weetheart, goodbye@
Jingle Bloo
Boomed crashing chords Dhen love absorbs Dar@ Dar@ The tym"anum
& sail@ & veil awave u"on the waves
$ost Throstle fluted &ll is lost now
:orn :awhorn
Dhen first he saw &las@
9ull tu" 9ull throb
Darbling &h, lure@ &lluring
=artha@ 2ome@
2la"cla" 2li"cla" 2la""ycla"
Goodgod henev erheard inall
'eaf bald Pat brought "ad knife took u"
& moonlit nightcall% far, far
3 feel so sad P 4 4o lonely blooming
The s"iked and winding cold seahorn :ave you theC Each, and for other,
"lash and silent roar
Pearls% when she $is>tBs rha"sodies :issss
!ou donBtC
'id not% no, no% believe% $idlyd Dith a cock with a carra
Black 'ee"sounding 'o, Ben, do
Dait while you wait :ee hee Dait while you hee
But wait@
$ow in dark middle earth Embedded ore
;aminedamine Preacher is he%
&ll gone &ll fallen
Tiny, her tremulous fernfoils of maidenhair
&men@ :e gnashed in fury
9ro To, fro & baton cool "rotruding
Bron>elydia by =inagold
By bron>e, by gold, in oceangreen of shadow Bloom 5ld Bloom
5ne ra""ed, one ta""ed, with a carra, with a cock
Pray for him@ Pray, good "eo"le@
:is gouty fingers nakkering
Big Benaben Big Benben
$ast rose 2astile of summer left bloom 3 feel so sad alone
Pwee@ $ittle wind "i"ed wee
True men $id <er 2ow 'e and 'oll &y, ay $ike you men Dill lift your
tschink with tschunk
9ff@ 5o@
Dhere bron>e from anearC Dhere gold from afarC Dhere hoofsC
1rr"r <raa <raandl
Then not till then =y e""ri"ffta"h Be "frwritt
Bron>e by gold, miss 'ouceBs head by miss <ennedyBs head, over the
crossblind of the 5rmond bar heard the viceregal hoofs go by, ringing
##3s that herC asked miss <ennedy
=iss 'ouce said yes, sitting with his eE, "earl grey and ?eau de ;il?
##EEAuisite contrast, miss <ennedy said
Dhen all agog miss 'ouce said eagerly%
##$ook at the fellow in the tall silk
##DhoC DhereC gold asked more eagerly
##3n the second carriage, miss 'ouceBs wet li"s said, laughing in the
:eBs looking =ind till 3 see
4he darted, bron>e, to the backmost corner, flattening her face against
the "ane in a halo of hurried breath
:er wet li"s tittered%
##:eBs killed looking back
4he laughed%
##5 we"t@ &renBt men frightful idiotsC
Dith sadness
=iss <ennedy sauntered sadly from bright light, twining a loose hair
behind an ear 4auntering sadly, gold no more, she twisted twined a
4adly she twined in sauntering gold hair behind a curving ear
##3tBs them has the fine times, sadly then she said
& man
Bloowho went by by =oulangBs "i"es bearing in his breast the sweets
of sin, by DineBs antiAues, in memory bearing sweet sinful words, by
2arrollBs dusky battered "late, for 1aoul
The boots to them, them in the bar, them barmaids came 9or them
unheeding him he banged on the counter his tray of chattering china &nd
##ThereBs your teas, he said
=iss <ennedy with manners trans"osed the teatray down to an u"turned
lithia crate, safe from eyes, low
##Dhat is itC loud boots unmannerly asked
##9ind out, miss 'ouce retorted, leaving her s"ying"oint
##!our ?beau,? is itC
& haughty bron>e re"lied%
##3Bll com"lain to =rs de =assey on you if 3 hear any more of your
im"ertinent insolence
##3m"erthnthn thnthnthn, bootssnout sniffed rudely, as he retreated as
she threatened as he had come
5n her flower frowning miss 'ouce said%
##=ost aggravating that young brat is 3f he doesnBt conduct himself
3Bll wring his ear for him a yard long
$adylike in eEAuisite contrast
##Take no notice, miss <ennedy rejoined
4he "oured in a teacu" tea, then back in the tea"ot tea They cowered
under their reef of counter, waiting on footstools, crates u"turned,
waiting for their teas to draw They "awed their blouses, both of black
satin, two and nine a yard, waiting for their teas to draw, and two and
!es, bron>e from anear, by gold from afar, heard steel from anear, hoofs
ring from afar, and heard steelhoofs ringhoof ringsteel
##&m 3 awfully sunburntC
=iss bron>e unbloused her neck
##;o, said miss <ennedy 3t gets brown after 'id you try the boraE with
the cherry laurel waterC
=iss 'ouce halfstood to see her skin askance in the barmirror
gildedlettered where hock and claret glasses shimmered and in their
midst a shell
##&nd leave it to my hands, she said
##Try it with the glycerine, miss <ennedy advised
Bidding her neck and hands adieu miss 'ouce
##Those things only bring out a rash, re"lied, reseated 3 asked that
old fogey in BoydBs for something for my skin
=iss <ennedy, "ouring now a fulldrawn tea, grimaced and "rayed%
##5, donBt remind me of him for mercyB sake@
##But wait till 3 tell you, miss 'ouce entreated
4weet tea miss <ennedy having "oured with milk "lugged both two ears
with little fingers
##;o, donBt, she cried
##3 wonBt listen, she cried
But BloomC
=iss 'ouce grunted in snuffy fogeyBs tone%
##9or your whatC says he
=iss <ennedy un"lugged her ears to hear, to s"eak% but said, but "rayed
##'onBt let me think of him or 3Bll eE"ire The hideous old wretch@ That
night in the &ntient 2oncert 1ooms
4he si""ed distastefully her brew, hot tea, a si", si""ed, sweet tea
##:ere he was, miss 'ouce said, cocking her bron>e head three Auarters,
ruffling her nosewings :ufa@ :ufa@
4hrill shriek of laughter s"rang from miss <ennedyBs throat =iss 'ouce
huffed and snorted down her nostrils that Auivered im"erthnthn like a
snout in Auest
##5@ shrieking, miss <ennedy cried Dill you ever forget his goggle eyeC
=iss 'ouce chimed in in dee" bron>e laughter, shouting%
##&nd your other eye@
Bloowhose dark eye read &aron 9igatnerBs name Dhy do 3 always think
9igatherC Gathering figs, 3 think &nd Pros"er $oreBs huguenot name
By BassiBs blessed virgins BloomBs dark eyes went by Bluerobed, white
under, come to me God they believe she is% or goddess Those today 3
could not see That fellow s"oke & student &fter with 'edalusB son
:e might be =ulligan &ll comely virgins That brings those rakes of
fellows in% her white
By went his eyes The sweets of sin 4weet are the sweets
5f sin
3n a giggling "eal young goldbron>e voices blended, 'ouce with <ennedy
your other eye They threw young heads back, bron>e gigglegold, to let
freefly their laughter, screaming, your other, signals to each other,
high "iercing notes
&h, "anting, sighing, sighing, ah, fordone, their mirth died down
=iss <ennedy li""ed her cu" again, raised, drank a si" and
gigglegiggled =iss 'ouce, bending over the teatray, ruffled again her
nose and rolled droll fattened eyes &gain <ennygiggles, stoo"ing,
her fair "innacles of hair, stoo"ing, her tortoise na"ecomb showed,
s"luttered out of her mouth her tea, choking in tea and laughter,
coughing with choking, crying%
##5 greasy eyes@ 3magine being married to a man like that@ she cried
Dith his bit of beard@
'ouce gave full vent to a s"lendid yell, a full yell of full woman,
delight, joy, indignation
##=arried to the greasy nose@ she yelled
4hrill, with dee" laughter, after, gold after bron>e, they urged each
each to "eal after "eal, ringing in changes, bron>egold, goldbron>e,
shrilldee", to laughter after laughter &nd then laughed more Greasy 3
knows EEhausted, breathless, their shaken heads they laid, braided and
"innacled by glossycombed, against the counterledge &ll flushed K5@L,
"anting, sweating K5@L, all breathless
=arried to Bloom, to greaseabloom
##5 saints above@ miss 'ouce said, sighed above her jum"ing rose 3
3 hadnBt laughed so much 3 feel all wet
##5, miss 'ouce@ miss <ennedy "rotested !ou horrid thing@
&nd flushed yet more Kyou horrid@L, more goldenly
By 2antwellBs offices roved Greaseabloom, by 2e""iBs virgins, bright of
their oils ;annettiBs father hawked those things about, wheedling at
doors as 3 1eligion "ays =ust see him for that "ar Eat first 3 want
;ot yet &t four, she said Time ever "assing 2lockhands turning 5n
Dhere eatC The 2larence, 'ol"hin 5n 9or 1aoul Eat 3f 3 net five
guineas with those ads The violet silk "etticoats ;ot yet The sweets
of sin
9lushed less, still less, goldenly "aled
3nto their bar strolled =r 'edalus 2hi"s, "icking chi"s off one of his
rocky thumbnails 2hi"s :e strolled
##5, welcome back, miss 'ouce
:e held her hand Enjoyed her holidaysC
:e ho"ed she had nice weather in 1ostrevor
##Gorgeous, she said $ook at the holy show 3 am $ying out on the
strand all day
Bron>e whiteness
##That was eEceedingly naughty of you, =r 'edalus told her and "ressed
her hand indulgently Tem"ting "oor sim"le males
=iss 'ouce of satin douced her arm away
##5 go away@ she said !ouBre very sim"le, 3 donBt think
:e was
##Dell now 3 am, he mused 3 looked so sim"le in the cradle they
christened me sim"le 4imon
##!ou must have been a doaty, miss 'ouce made answer &nd what did the
doctor order todayC
##Dell now, he mused, whatever you say yourself 3 think 3Bll trouble
you for some fresh water and a half glass of whisky
##Dith the greatest alacrity, miss 'ouce agreed
Dith grace of alacrity towards the mirror gilt 2antrell and 2ochraneBs
she turned herself Dith grace she ta""ed a measure of gold whisky from
her crystal keg 9orth from the skirt of his coat =r 'edalus brought
"ouch and "i"e &lacrity she served :e blew through the flue two husky
##By Jove, he mused, 3 often wanted to see the =ourne mountains =ust
be a great tonic in the air down there But a long threatening comes at
last, they say !es !es
!es :e fingered shreds of hair, her maidenhair, her mermaidBs, into the
bowl 2hi"s 4hreds =using =ute
;one nought said nothing !es
Gaily miss 'ouce "olished a tumbler, trilling%
##?5, 3dolores, Aueen of the eastern seas@?
##Das =r $idwell in todayC
3n came $enehan 1ound him "eered $enehan =r Bloom reached EsseE
bridge !es, =r Bloom crossed bridge of !esseE To =artha 3 must write
Buy "a"er 'alyBs Girl there civil Bloom 5ld Bloom Blue bloom is on
the rye
##:e was in at lunchtime, miss 'ouce said
$enehan came forward
##Das =r Boylan looking for meC
:e asked 4he answered%
##=iss <ennedy, was =r Boylan in while 3 was u"stairsC
4he asked =iss voice of <ennedy answered, a second teacu" "oised, her
ga>e u"on a "age%
##;o :e was not
=iss ga>e of <ennedy, heard, not seen, read on $enehan round the
sandwichbell wound his round body round
##Pee"@ DhoBs in the cornerC
;o glance of <ennedy rewarding him he yet made overtures To mind her
sto"s To read only the black ones% round o and crooked ess
Jingle jaunty jingle
Girlgold she read and did not glance Take no notice 4he took no notice
while he read by rote a solfa fable for her, "la""ering flatly%
##&h foE met ah stork 4aid thee foE too thee stork% Dill you "ut your
bill down inn my troath and "ull u"" ah boneC
:e droned in vain =iss 'ouce turned to her tea aside
:e sighed aside%
##&h me@ 5 my@
:e greeted =r 'edalus and got a nod
##Greetings from the famous son of a famous father
##Dho may he beC =r 'edalus asked
$enehan o"ened most genial arms DhoC
##Dho may he beC he asked 2an you askC 4te"hen, the youthful bard
=r 'edalus, famous father, laid by his dry filled "i"e
##3 see, he said 3 didnBt recognise him for the moment 3 hear he is
kee"ing very select com"any :ave you seen him latelyC
:e had
##3 Auaffed the nectarbowl with him this very day, said $enehan 3n
=ooneyBs ?en ville? and in =ooneyBs ?sur mer? :e had received the rhino
for the labour of his muse
:e smiled at bron>eBs teabathed li"s, at listening li"s and eyes%
##The ?Nlite? of Erin hung u"on his li"s The "onderous "undit, :ugh
=ac:ugh, 'ublinBs most brilliant scribe and editor and that minstrel boy
of the wild wet west who is known by the eu"honious a""ellation of the
5B=adden Burke
&fter an interval =r 'edalus raised his grog and
##That must have been highly diverting, said he 3 see
:e see :e drank Dith faraway mourning mountain eye 4et down his
:e looked towards the saloon door
##3 see you have moved the "iano
##The tuner was in today, miss 'ouce re"lied, tuning it for the smoking
concert and 3 never heard such an eEAuisite "layer
##3s that a factC
##'idnBt he, miss <ennedyC The real classical, you know &nd blind too,
"oor fellow ;ot twenty 3Bm sure he was
##3s that a factC =r 'edalus said
:e drank and strayed away
##4o sad to look at his face, miss 'ouce condoled
GodBs curse on bitchBs bastard
Tink to her "ity cried a dinerBs bell To the door of the bar and
diningroom came bald Pat, came bothered Pat, came Pat, waiter of 5rmond
$ager for diner $ager without alacrity she served
Dith "atience $enehan waited for Boylan with im"atience, for
jinglejaunty bla>es boy
U"holding the lid he KwhoCL ga>ed in the coffin KcoffinCL at the obliAue
tri"le K"iano@L wires :e "ressed Kthe same who "ressed indulgently her
handL, soft "edalling, a tri"le of keys to see the thicknesses of felt
advancing, to hear the muffled hammerfall in action
Two sheets cream vellum "a"er one reserve two envelo"es when 3 was in
Disdom :elyBs wise Bloom in 'alyBs :enry 9lower bought &re you not
ha""y in your homeC 9lower to console me and a "in cuts lo =eans
something, language of flow Das it a daisyC 3nnocence that is
1es"ectable girl meet after mass Thanks awfully muchly Dise Bloom eyed
on the door a "oster, a swaying mermaid smoking mid nice waves 4moke
mermaids, coolest whiff of all :air streaming% lovelorn 9or some man
9or 1aoul :e eyed and saw afar on EsseE bridge a gay hat riding on a
jaunting car 3t is &gain Third time 2oincidence
Jingling on su""le rubbers it jaunted from the bridge to 5rmond Auay
9ollow 1isk it Go Auick &t four ;ear now 5ut
##Two"ence, sir, the sho"girl dared to say
##&ha 3 was forgetting EEcuse
##&nd four
&t four she Dinsomely she on Bloohimwhom smiled Bloo smi Aui go
Ternoon Think youBre the only "ebble on the beachC 'oes that to all
9or men
3n drowsy silence gold bent on her "age
9rom the saloon a call came, long in dying That was a tuningfork the
tuner had that he forgot that he now struck & call again That he now
"oised that it now throbbed !ou hearC 3t throbbed, "ure, "urer, softly
and softlier, its bu>>ing "rongs $onger in dying call
Pat "aid for dinerBs "o"corked bottle% and over tumbler, tray and
"o"corked bottle ere he went he whis"ered, bald and bothered, with miss
##?The bright stars fade?
& voiceless song sang from within, singing%
## ?the morn is breaking?
& duodene of birdnotes chirru"ed bright treble answer under sensitive
hands Brightly the keys, all twinkling, linked, all har"sichording,
called to a voice to sing the strain of dewy morn, of youth, of loveBs
leavetaking, lifeBs, loveBs morn
##?The dewdro"s "earl?
$enehanBs li"s over the counter lis"ed a low whistle of decoy
##But look this way, he said, rose of 2astile
Jingle jaunted by the curb and sto""ed
4he rose and closed her reading, rose of 2astile% fretted, forlorn,
dreamily rose
##'id she fall or was she "ushedC he asked her
4he answered, slighting%
##&sk no Auestions and youBll hear no lies
$ike lady, ladylike
Bla>es BoylanBs smart tan shoes creaked on the barfloor where he strode
!es, gold from anear by bron>e from afar $enehan heard and knew and
hailed him%
##4ee the conAuering hero comes
Between the car and window, warily walking, went Bloom, unconAuered
hero 4ee me he might The seat he sat on% warm Black wary hecat walked
towards 1ichie GouldingBs legal bag, lifted aloft, saluting
##?&nd 3 from thee?
##3 heard you were round, said Bla>es Boylan
:e touched to fair miss <ennedy a rim of his slanted straw 4he smiled
on him But sister bron>e outsmiled her, "reening for him her richer
hair, a bosom and a rose
4mart Boylan bes"oke "otions
##DhatBs your cryC Glass of bitterC Glass of bitter, "lease, and a
sloegin for me Dire in yetC
;ot yet &t four she Dho said fourC
2owleyBs red lugs and bulging a""le in the door of the sheriffBs office
&void Goulding a chance Dhat is he doing in the 5rmondC 2ar waiting
:ello Dhere off toC 4omething to eatC 3 too was just 3n here Dhat,
5rmondC Best value in 'ublin 3s that soC 'iningroom 4it tight there
4ee, not be seen 3 think 3Bll join you 2ome on 1ichie led on Bloom
followed bag 'inner fit for a "rince
=iss 'ouce reached high to take a flagon, stretching her satin arm, her
bust, that all but burst, so high
##5@ 5@ jerked $enehan, gas"ing at each stretch 5@
But easily she sei>ed her "rey and led it low in trium"h
##Dhy donBt you growC asked Bla>es Boylan
4hebron>e, dealing from her obliAue jar thick syru"y liAuor for his
li"s, looked as it flowed Kflower in his coat% who gave himCL, and
syru""ed with her voice%
##9ine goods in small "arcels
That is to say she ;eatly she "oured slowsyru"y sloe
##:ereBs fortune, Bla>es said
:e "itched a broad coin down 2oin rang
##:old on, said $enehan, till 3
##9ortune, he wished, lifting his bubbled ale
##4ce"tre will win in a canter, he said
##3 "lunged a bit, said Boylan winking and drinking ;ot on my own, you
know 9ancy of a friend of mine
$enehan still drank and grinned at his tilted ale and at miss 'ouceBs
li"s that all but hummed, not shut, the oceansong her li"s had trilled
3dolores The eastern seas
2lock whirred =iss <ennedy "assed their way Kflower, wonder who gaveL,
bearing away teatray 2lock clacked
=iss 'ouce took BoylanBs coin, struck boldly the cashregister 3t
clanged 2lock clacked 9air one of Egy"t teased and sorted in the till
and hummed and handed coins in change $ook to the west & clack 9or
##Dhat time is thatC asked Bla>es Boylan 9ourC
$enehan, small eyes ahunger on her humming, bust ahumming, tugged Bla>es
BoylanBs elbowsleeve
##$etBs hear the time, he said
The bag of Goulding, 2ollis, Dard led Bloom by ryebloom flowered tables
&imless he chose with agitated aim, bald Pat attending, a table near
the door Be near &t four :as he forgottenC Perha"s a trick ;ot come%
whet a""etite 3 couldnBt do Dait, wait Pat, waiter, waited
4"arkling bron>e a>ure eyed Bla>ureBs skyblue bow and eyes
##Go on, "ressed $enehan ThereBs no#one :e never heard
## ?to 9loraBs li"s did hie?
:igh, a high note "ealed in the treble clear
Bron>edouce communing with her rose that sank and rose sought
Bla>es BoylanBs flower and eyes
##Please, "lease
:e "leaded over returning "hrases of avowal
##?3 could not leave thee?
##&fterwits, miss 'ouce "romised coyly
##;o, now, urged $enehan ?4onne>lacloche@? 5 do@ ThereBs no#one
4he looked Guick =iss <enn out of earshot 4udden bent Two kindling
faces watched her bend
Guavering the chords strayed from the air, found it again, lost chord,
and lost and found it, faltering
##Go on@ 'o@ ?4onne>@?
Bending, she ni""ed a "eak of skirt above her knee 'elayed Taunted
them still, bending, sus"ending, with wilful eyes
4mack 4he set free sudden in rebound her ni""ed elastic garter
smackwarm against her smackable a womanBs warmhosed thigh
##?$a 2loche@? cried gleeful $enehan Trained by owner ;o sawdust
4he smilesmirked su"ercilious Kwe"t@ arenBt menCL, but, lightward
gliding, mild she smiled on Boylan
##!ouBre the essence of vulgarity, she in gliding said
Boylan, eyed, eyed Tossed to fat li"s his chalice, drank off his
chalice tiny, sucking the last fat violet syru"y dro"s :is s"ellbound
eyes went after, after her gliding head as it went down the bar by
mirrors, gilded arch for ginger ale, hock and claret glasses shimmering,
a s"iky shell, where it concerted, mirrored, bron>e with sunnier bron>e
!es, bron>e from anearby
## ?4weetheart, goodbye@?
##3Bm off, said Boylan with im"atience
:e slid his chalice brisk away, gras"ed his change
##Dait a shake, begged $enehan, drinking Auickly 3 wanted to tell you
Tom 1ochford
##2ome on to bla>es, said Bla>es Boylan, going
$enehan gul"ed to go
##Got the horn or whatC he said Dait 3Bm coming
:e followed the hasty creaking shoes but stood by nimbly by the
threshold, saluting forms, a bulky with a slender
##:ow do you do, =r 'ollardC
##EhC :ow doC :ow doC Ben 'ollardBs vague bass answered, turning an
instant from 9ather 2owleyBs woe :e wonBt give you any trouble, Bob
&lf Bergan will s"eak to the long fellow DeBll "ut a barleystraw in
that Judas 3scariotBs ear this time
4ighing =r 'edalus came through the saloon, a finger soothing an eyelid
##:oho, we will, Ben 'ollard yodled jollily 2ome on, 4imon Give us a
ditty De heard the "iano
Bald Pat, bothered waiter, waited for drink orders Power for 1ichie
&nd BloomC $et me see ;ot make him walk twice :is corns 9our now :ow
warm this black is 2ourse nerves a bit 1efracts Kis itCL heat $et me
see 2ider !es, bottle of cider
##DhatBs thatC =r 'edalus said 3 was only vam"ing, man
##2ome on, come on, Ben 'ollard called Begone dull care 2ome, Bob
:e ambled 'ollard, bulky slo"s, before them Khold that fellow with the%
hold him nowL into the saloon :e "lum"ed him 'ollard on the stool :is
gouty "aws "lum"ed chords Plum"ed, sto""ed abru"t
Bald Pat in the doorway met tealess gold returning Bothered, he wanted
Power and cider Bron>e by the window, watched, bron>e from afar
Jingle a tinkle jaunted
Bloom heard a jing, a little sound :eBs off $ight sob of breath Bloom
sighed on the silent bluehued flowers Jingling :eBs gone Jingle
##$ove and Dar, Ben, =r 'edalus said God be with old times
=iss 'ouceBs brave eyes, unregarded, turned from the crossblind, smitten
by sunlight Gone Pensive Kwho knowsCL, smitten Kthe smiting lightL,
she lowered the dro"blind with a sliding cord 4he drew down "ensive
Kwhy did he go so Auick when 3CL about her bron>e, over the bar where
bald stood by sister gold, ineEAuisite contrast, contrast ineEAuisite
noneEAuisite, slow cool dim seagreen sliding de"th of shadow, ?eau de
##Poor old Goodwin was the "ianist that night, 9ather 2owley reminded
them There was a slight difference of o"inion between himself and the
2ollard grand
There was
##& sym"osium all his own, =r 'edalus said The devil wouldnBt sto" him
:e was a crotchety old fellow in the "rimary stage of drink
##God, do you rememberC Ben bulky 'ollard said, turning from the
"unished keyboard &nd by Ja"ers 3 had no wedding garment
They laughed all three :e had no wed &ll trio laughed ;o wedding
##5ur friend Bloom turned in handy that night, =r 'edalus said DhereBs
my "i"e, by the wayC
:e wandered back to the bar to the lost chord "i"e Bald Pat carried two
dinersB drinks, 1ichie and Poldy &nd 9ather 2owley laughed again
##3 saved the situation, Ben, 3 think
##!ou did, averred Ben 'ollard 3 remember those tight trousers too
That was a brilliant idea, Bob
9ather 2owley blushed to his brilliant "ur"ly lobes :e saved the situa
Tight trou Brilliant ide
##3 knew he was on the rocks, he said The wife was "laying the "iano in
the coffee "alace on 4aturdays for a very trifling consideration and
who was it gave me the whee>e she was doing the other businessC 'o you
rememberC De had to search all :olles street to find them till the
cha" in <eoghBs gave us the number 1ememberC Ben remembered, his broad
visage wondering
##By God, she had some luEurious o"eracloaks and things there
=r 'edalus wandered back, "i"e in hand
##=errion sAuare style Balldresses, by God, and court dresses :e
wouldnBt take any money either DhatC &ny GodBs Auantity of cocked hats
and boleros and trunkhose DhatC
##&y, ay, =r 'edalus nodded =rs =arion Bloom has left off clothes of
all descri"tions
Jingle jaunted down the Auays Bla>es s"rawled on bounding tyres
$iver and bacon 4teak and kidney "ie 1ight, sir 1ight, Pat
=rs =arion =et him "ike hoses 4mell of burn 5f Paul de <ock ;ice
name he
##DhatBs this her name wasC & buEom lassy =arion
##!es 3s she aliveC
##&nd kicking
##4he was a daughter of
##'aughter of the regiment
##!es, begad 3 remember the old drummajor
=r 'edalus struck, whi>>ed, lit, "uffed savoury "uff after
##3rishC 3 donBt know, faith 3s she, 4imonC
Puff after stiff, a "uff, strong, savoury, crackling
##Buccinator muscle is DhatC Bit rusty 5, she is =y
3rish =olly, 5
:e "uffed a "ungent "lumy blast
##9rom the rock of Gibraltar all the way
They "ined in de"th of ocean shadow, gold by the beer"ull, bron>e
by maraschino, thoughtful all two =ina <ennedy, . $ismore terrace,
'rumcondra with 3dolores, a Aueen, 'olores, silent
Pat served, uncovered dishes $eo"old cut liverslices &s said before he
ate with relish the inner organs, nutty gi>>ards, fried codsB roes while
1ichie Goulding, 2ollis, Dard ate steak and kidney, steak then kidney,
bite by bite of "ie he ate Bloom ate they ate
Bloom with Goulding, married in silence, ate 'inners fit for "rinces
By BachelorBs walk jogjaunty jingled Bla>es Boylan, bachelor, in sun in
heat, mareBs glossy rum" atrot, with flick of whi", on bounding tyres%
s"rawled, warmseated, Boylan im"atience, ardentbold :orn :ave you theC
:orn :ave you theC :aw haw horn
5ver their voices 'ollard bassooned attack, booming over bombarding
##?Dhen love absorbs my ardent soul?
1oll of Bensoulbenjamin rolled to the Auivery loveshivery roof"anes
##Dar@ Dar@ cried 9ather 2owley !ouBre the warrior
##4o 3 am, Ben Darrior laughed 3 was thinking of your landlord $ove or
:e sto""ed :e wagged huge beard, huge face over his blunder huge
##4ure, youBd burst the tym"anum of her ear, man, =r 'edalus said
through smoke aroma, with an organ like yours
3n bearded abundant laughter 'ollard shook u"on the keyboard :e would
##;ot to mention another membrane, 9ather 2owley added :alf time, Ben
?&moroso ma non tro""o? $et me there
=iss <ennedy served two gentlemen with tankards of cool stout 4he
"assed a remark 3t was indeed, first gentleman said, beautiful weather
They drank cool stout 'id she know where the lord lieutenant was goingC
&nd heard steelhoofs ringhoof ring ;o, she couldnBt say But it would
be in the "a"er 5, she need not trouble ;o trouble 4he waved about
her outs"read ?3nde"endent,? searching, the lord lieutenant, her
"innacles of hair slowmoving, lord lieuten Too much trouble,
first gentleman said 5, not in the least Day he looked that $ord
lieutenant Gold by bron>e heard iron steel
## ?my ardent soul?
?3 care not foror the morrow?
3n liver gravy Bloom mashed mashed "otatoes $ove and Dar someone is
Ben 'ollardBs famous ;ight he ran round to us to borrow a dress suit
for that concert Trousers tight as a drum on him =usical "orkers
=olly did laugh when he went out Threw herself back across the bed,
screaming, kicking Dith all his belongings on show 5 saints above,
3Bm drenched@ 5, the women in the front row@ 5, 3 never laughed so many@
Dell, of course thatBs what gives him the base barreltone 9or instance
eunuchs Donder whoBs "laying ;ice touch =ust be 2owley =usical
<nows whatever note you "lay Bad breath he has, "oor cha" 4to""ed
=iss 'ouce, engaging, $ydia 'ouce, bowed to suave solicitor, George
$idwell, gentleman, entering Good afternoon 4he gave her moist Ka
ladyBsL hand to his firm clas" &fternoon !es, she was back To the old
dingdong again
##!our friends are inside, =r $idwell
George $idwell, suave, solicited, held a lydiahand
Bloom ate liv as said before 2lean here at least That cha" in the
Burton, gummy with gristle ;o#one here% Goulding and 3 2lean tables,
flowers, mitres of na"kins Pat to and fro Bald Pat ;othing to do
Best value in 'ub
Piano again 2owley it is Day he sits in to it, like one together,
mutual understanding Tiresome sha"ers scra"ing fiddles, eye on the
bowend, sawing the cello, remind you of toothache :er high long snore
;ight we were in the boE Trombone under blowing like a gram"us, between
the acts, other brass cha" unscrewing, em"tying s"ittle 2onductorBs
legs too, bagstrousers, jiggedy jiggedy 'o right to hide them
Jiggedy jingle jaunty jaunty
5nly the har" $ovely Gold glowering light Girl touched it Poo" of a
lovely GravyBs rather good fit for a Golden shi" Erin The har" that
once or twice 2ool hands Ben :owth, the rhododendrons De are their
har"s 3 :e 5ld !oung
##&h, 3 couldnBt, man, =r 'edalus said, shy, listless
##Go on, blast you@ Ben 'ollard growled Get it out in bits
##?=Ba""ari,? 4imon, 9ather 2owley said
'own stage he strode some "aces, grave, tall in affliction, his long
arms outheld :oarsely the a""le of his throat hoarsed softly 4oftly he
sang to a dusty seasca"e there% ?& $ast 9arewell? & headland, a shi", a
sail u"on the billows 9arewell & lovely girl, her veil awave u"on the
wind u"on the headland, wind around her
2owley sang%
?##=Ba""ari tuttBamor%
3l mio sguardo lBincontr?
4he waved, unhearing 2owley, her veil, to one de"arting, dear one, to
wind, love, s"eeding sail, return
##Go on, 4imon
##&h, sure, my dancing days are done, Ben Dell
=r 'edalus laid his "i"e to rest beside the tuningfork and, sitting,
touched the obedient keys
##;o, 4imon, 9ather 2owley turned Play it in the original 5ne flat
The keys, obedient, rose higher, told, faltered, confessed, confused
U" stage strode 9ather 2owley
##:ere, 4imon, 3Bll accom"any you, he said Get u"
By Graham $emonBs "inea""le rock, by ElveryBs ele"hant jingly jogged
4teak, kidney, liver, mashed, at meat fit for "rinces sat "rinces Bloom
and Goulding Princes at meat they raised and drank, Power and cider
=ost beautiful tenor air ever written, 1ichie said% ?4onnambula? :e
heard Joe =aas sing that one night &h, what =BGuckin@ !es 3n his way
2hoirboy style =aas was the boy =assboy & lyrical tenor if you like
;ever forget it ;ever
Tenderly Bloom over liverless bacon saw the tightened features strain
Backache he BrightBs bright eye ;eEt item on the "rogramme Paying the
"i"er Pills, "ounded bread, worth a guinea a boE 4tave it off awhile
4ings too% ?'own among the dead men? &""ro"riate <idney "ie 4weets to
the ;ot making much hand of it Best value in 2haracteristic of him
Power Particular about his drink 9law in the glass, fresh Hartry
water 9ecking matches from counters to save Then sAuander a sovereign
in dribs and drabs &nd when heBs wanted not a farthing 4crewed
refusing to "ay his fare 2urious ty"es
;ever would 1ichie forget that night &s long as he lived% never 3n the
gods of the old 1oyal with little Peake &nd when the first note
4"eech "aused on 1ichieBs li"s
2oming out with a who""er now 1ha"sodies about damn all
Believes his own lies 'oes really Donderful liar But want a good
##Dhich air is thatC asked $eo"old Bloom
##?&ll is lost now?
1ichie cocked his li"s a"out & low inci"ient note sweet banshee
murmured% all & thrush & throstle :is breath, birdsweet, good teeth
heBs "roud of, fluted with "laintive woe 3s lost 1ich sound Two
notes in one there Blackbird 3 heard in the hawthorn valley Taking my
motives he twined and turned them &ll most too new call is lost in all
Echo :ow sweet the answer :ow is that doneC &ll lost now =ournful he
whistled 9all, surrender, lost
Bloom bent leo"old ear, turning a fringe of doyley down under the vase
5rder !es, 3 remember $ovely air 3n slee" she went to him 3nnocence
in the moon Brave 'onBt know their danger 4till hold her back 2all
name Touch water Jingle jaunty Too late 4he longed to go ThatBs
why Doman &s easy sto" the sea !es% all is lost
##& beautiful air, said Bloom lost $eo"old 3 know it well
;ever in all his life had 1ichie Goulding
:e knows it well too 5r he feels 4till har"ing on his daughter Dise
child that knows her father, 'edalus said =eC
Bloom askance over liverless saw 9ace of the all is lost 1ollicking
1ichie once Jokes old stale now Dagging his ear ;a"kinring in his
eye ;ow begging letters he sends his son with 2rosseyed Dalter sir 3
did sir DouldnBt trouble only 3 was eE"ecting some money &"ologise
Piano again 4ounds better than last time 3 heard Tuned "robably
4to""ed again
'ollard and 2owley still urged the lingering singer out with it
##Dith it, 4imon
##3t, 4imon
##$adies and gentlemen, 3 am most dee"ly obliged by your kind
##3t, 4imon
##3 have no money but if you will lend me your attention 3 shall
endeavour to sing to you of a heart bowed down
By the sandwichbell in screening shadow $ydia, her bron>e and rose, a
ladyBs grace, gave and withheld% as in cool glaucous ?eau de ;il? =ina
to tankards two her "innacles of gold
The har"ing chords of "relude closed & chord, longdrawn, eE"ectant,
drew a voice away
##?Dhen first 3 saw that form endearing?
1ichie turned
##4i 'edalusB voice, he said
Brainti""ed, cheek touched with flame, they listened feeling that flow
endearing flow over skin limbs human heart soul s"ine Bloom signed to
Pat, bald Pat is a waiter hard of hearing, to set ajar the door of the
bar The door of the bar 4o That will do Pat, waiter, waited, waiting
to hear, for he was hard of hear by the door
##?4orrow from me seemed to de"art?
Through the hush of air a voice sang to them, low, not rain, not leaves
in murmur, like no voice of strings or reeds or whatdoyoucallthem
dulcimers touching their still ears with words, still hearts of their
each his remembered lives Good, good to hear% sorrow from them each
seemed to from both de"art when first they heard Dhen first they saw,
lost 1ichie Poldy, mercy of beauty, heard from a "erson wouldnBt eE"ect
it in the least, her first merciful lovesoft oftloved word
$ove that is singing% loveBs old sweet song Bloom unwound slowly the
elastic band of his "acket $oveBs old sweet ?sonne> la? gold Bloom
wound a skein round four forkfingers, stretched it, relaEed, and wound
it round his troubled double, fourfold, in octave, gyved them fast
##?9ull of ho"e and all delighted?
Tenors get women by the score 3ncrease their flow Throw flower at his
feet Dhen will we meetC =y head it sim"ly Jingle all delighted :e
canBt sing for tall hats !our head it sim"ly swurls Perfumed for him
Dhat "erfume does your wifeC 3 want to know Jing 4to" <nock $ast
look at mirror always before she answers the door The hall ThereC :ow
do youC 3 do well ThereC DhatC 5rC Phial of cachous, kissing comfits,
in her satchel !esC :ands felt for the o"ulent
&las the voice rose, sighing, changed% loud, full, shining, "roud
##?But alas, Btwas idle dreaming?
Glorious tone he has still 2ork air softer also their brogue 4illy
man@ 2ould have made oceans of money 4inging wrong words Dore out
his wife% now sings But hard to tell 5nly the two themselves 3f he
doesnBt break down <ee" a trot for the avenue :is hands and feet sing
too 'rink ;erves overstrung =ust be abstemious to sing Jenny $ind
sou"% stock, sage, raw eggs, half "int of cream 9or creamy dreamy
Tenderness it welled% slow, swelling, full it throbbed ThatBs the chat
:a, give@ Take@ Throb, a throb, a "ulsing "roud erect
DordsC =usicC ;o% itBs whatBs behind
Bloom loo"ed, unloo"ed, noded, disnoded
Bloom 9lood of warm jamjam lickitu" secretness flowed to flow in music
out, in desire, dark to lick flow invading Ti""ing her te""ing her
ta""ing her to""ing her Tu" Pores to dilate dilating Tu" The joy
the feel the warm the Tu" To "our oBer sluices "ouring gushes 9lood,
gush, flow, joygush, tu"throb ;ow@ $anguage of love
## ?ray of ho"e is?
Beaming $ydia for $idwell sAueak scarcely hear so ladylike the muse
unsAueaked a ray of ho"k
?=artha? it is 2oincidence Just going to write $ionelBs song
$ovely name you have 2anBt write &cce"t my little "res Play on her
heartstrings "ursestrings too 4heBs a 3 called you naughty boy 4till
the name% =artha :ow strange@ Today
The voice of $ionel returned, weaker but unwearied 3t sang again to
1ichie Poldy $ydia $idwell also sang to Pat o"en mouth ear waiting to
wait :ow first he saw that form endearing, how sorrow seemed to "art,
how look, form, word charmed him Gould $idwell, won Pat BloomBs heart
Dish 3 could see his face, though EE"lain better Dhy the barber in
'ragoBs always looked my face when 3 s"oke his face in the glass 4till
hear it better here than in the bar though farther
##?Each graceful look?
9irst night when first 3 saw her at =at 'illonBs in Terenure !ellow,
black lace she wore =usical chairs De two the last 9ate &fter her
1ound and round slow Guick round De two &ll looked :alt 'own she
sat &ll ousted looked $i"s laughing !ellow knees
##?2harmed my eye?
4inging ?Daiting? she sang 3 turned her music 9ull voice of "erfume
of what "erfume does your lilactrees Bosom 3 saw, both full, throat
warbling 9irst 3 saw 4he thanked me Dhy did she meC 9ate 4"anishy
eyes Under a "eartree alone "atio this hour in old =adrid one side in
shadow 'olores shedolores &t me $uring &h, alluring
##?=artha@ &h, =artha@?
Guitting all languor $ionel cried in grief, in cry of "assion dominant
to love to return with dee"ening yet with rising chords of harmony 3n
cry of lionel loneliness that she should know, must martha feel 9or
only her he waited DhereC :ere there try there here all try where
##?2o#ome, thou lost one@
2o#ome, thou dear one@?
&lone 5ne love 5ne ho"e 5ne comfort me =artha, chestnote, return@
3t soared, a bird, it held its flight, a swift "ure cry, soar silver orb
it lea"ed serene, s"eeding, sustained, to come, donBt s"in it out too
long long breath he breath long life, soaring high, high res"lendent,
aflame, crowned, high in the effulgence symbolistic, high, of the
etherial bosom, high, of the high vast irradiation everywhere all
soaring all around about the all, the endlessnessnessness
##?To me@?
2ome Dell sung &ll cla""ed 4he ought to 2ome To me, to him, to her,
you too, me, us
##Bravo@ 2la"cla" Good man, 4imon 2la""ycla"cla" Encore@ 2la"cli"cla"
cla" 4ound as a bell Bravo, 4imon@ 2la"clo"cla" Encore, encla", said,
cried, cla""ed all, Ben 'ollard, $ydia 'ouce, George $idwell, Pat, =ina
<ennedy, two gentlemen with two tankards, 2owley, first gent with tank
and bron>e miss 'ouce and gold =Jiss =ina
Bla>es BoylanBs smart tan shoes creaked on the barfloor, said before
Jingle by monuments of sir John Gray, :oratio onehandled ;elson,
reverend father Theobald =athew, jaunted, as said before just now
&trot, in heat, heatseated ?2loche 4onne> la 2loche 4onne> la?
4lower the mare went u" the hill by the 1otunda, 1utland sAuare Too
slow for Boylan, bla>es Boylan, im"atience Boylan, joggled the mare
&n afterclang of 2owleyBs chords closed, died on the air made richer
&nd 1ichie Goulding drank his Power and $eo"old Bloom his cider drank,
$idwell his Guinness, second gentleman said they would "artake of two
more tankards if she did not mind =iss <ennedy smirked, disserving,
coral li"s, at first, at second 4he did not mind
##4even days in jail, Ben 'ollard said, on bread and water Then youBd
sing, 4imon, like a garden thrush
$ionel 4imon, singer, laughed 9ather Bob 2owley "layed =ina <ennedy
served 4econd gentleman "aid Tom <ernan strutted in $ydia, admired,
admired But Bloom sang dumb
1ichie, admiring, descanted on that manBs glorious voice :e remembered
one night long ago ;ever forget that night 4i sang ?BTwas rank and
fame?% in ;ed $ambertBs Btwas Good God he never heard in all his life a
note like that he never did ?then false one we had better "art? so clear
so God he never heard ?since love lives not? a clinking voice lives not
ask $ambert he can tell you too
Goulding, a flush struggling in his "ale, told =r Bloom, face of the
night, 4i in ;ed $ambertBs, 'edalus house, sang ?BTwas rank and fame?
:e, =r Bloom, listened while he, 1ichie Goulding, told him, =r Bloom, of
the night he, 1ichie, heard him, 4i 'edalus, sing BTD&4 1&;< &;' 9&=E in
his, ;ed $ambertBs, house
Brothers#in#law% relations De never s"eak as we "ass by 1ift in the
lute 3 think Treats him with scorn 4ee :e admires him all the more
The night 4i sang The human voice, two tiny silky chords, wonderful,
more than all others
That voice was a lamentation 2almer now 3tBs in the silence after you
feel you hear Hibrations ;ow silent air
Bloom ungyved his crisscrossed hands and with slack fingers "lucked the
slender catgut thong :e drew and "lucked 3t bu>>, it twanged Dhile
Goulding talked of BarracloughBs voice "roduction, while Tom <ernan,
harking back in a retros"ective sort of arrangement talked to listening
9ather 2owley, who "layed a voluntary, who nodded as he "layed Dhile
big Ben 'ollard talked with 4imon 'edalus, lighting, who nodded as he
smoked, who smoked
Thou lost one &ll songs on that theme !et more Bloom stretched his
string 2ruel it seems $et "eo"le get fond of each other% lure them on
Then tear asunder 'eath EE"los <nock on the head 5uttohelloutofthat
:uman life 'ignam Ugh, that ratBs tail wriggling@ 9ive bob 3 gave
?2or"us "aradisum? 2orncrake croaker% belly like a "oisoned "u" Gone
They sing 9orgotten 3 tooM &nd one day she with $eave her% get
tired 4uffer then 4nivel Big s"anishy eyes goggling at nothing :er
wavyavyeavyheavyeavyevyevyhair un comb%Bd
!et too much ha""y bores :e stretched more, more &re you not ha""y in
yourC Twang 3t sna""ed
Jingle into 'orset street
=iss 'ouce withdrew her satiny arm, re"roachful, "leased
##'onBt make half so free, said she, till we are better acAuainted
George $idwell told her really and truly% but she did not believe
9irst gentleman told =ina that was so 4he asked him was that so &nd
second tankard told her so That that was so
=iss 'ouce, miss $ydia, did not believe% miss <ennedy, =ina, did not
believe% George $idwell, no% miss 'ou did not% the first, the first%
gent with the tank% believe, no, no% did not, miss <enn% $idlydiawell%
the tank
Better write it here Guills in the "ostoffice chewed and twisted
Bald Pat at a sign drew nigh & "en and ink :e went & "ad :e went &
"ad to blot :e heard, deaf Pat
##!es, =r Bloom said, teasing the curling catgut line 3t certainly is
9ew lines will do =y "resent &ll that 3talian florid music is Dho
is this wroteC <now the name you know better Take out sheet note"a"er,
envelo"e% unconcerned 3tBs so characteristic
##Grandest number in the whole o"era, Goulding said
##3t is, Bloom said
;umbers it is &ll music when you come to think Two multi"lied by two
divided by half is twice one Hibrations% chords those are 5ne "lus two
"lus siE is seven 'o anything you like with figures juggling &lways
find out this eAual to that 4ymmetry under a cemetery wall :e doesnBt
see my mourning 2allous% all for his own gut =usemathematics &nd you
think youBre listening to the etherial But su""ose you said it like%
=artha, seven times nine minus E is thirtyfive thousand 9all Auite
flat 3tBs on account of the sounds it is
3nstance heBs "laying now 3m"rovising =ight be what you like, till you
hear the words Dant to listen shar" :ard Begin all right% then hear
chords a bit off% feel lost a bit 3n and out of sacks, over barrels,
through wirefences, obstacle race Time makes the tune Guestion of mood
youBre in 4till always nice to hear EEce"t scales u" and down, girls
learning Two together neEtdoor neighbours 5ught to invent dummy "ianos
for that ?Blumenlied? 3 bought for her The name Playing it slow,
a girl, night 3 came home, the girl 'oor of the stables near 2ecilia
street =illy no taste Gueer because we both, 3 mean
Bald deaf Pat brought Auite flat "ad ink Pat set with ink "en Auite
flat "ad Pat took "late dish knife fork Pat went
3t was the only language =r 'edalus said to Ben :e heard them as a
boy in 1ingabella, 2rosshaven, 1ingabella, singing their barcaroles
Gueenstown harbour full of 3talian shi"s Dalking, you know, Ben, in the
moonlight with those earthAuake hats Blending their voices God, such
music, Ben :eard as a boy 2ross 1ingabella haven mooncarole
4our "i"e removed he held a shield of hand beside his li"s that cooed a
moonlight nightcall, clear from anear, a call from afar, re"lying
'own the edge of his ?9reeman? baton ranged BloomBs, your other eye,
scanning for where did 3 see that 2allan, 2oleman, 'ignam Patrick
:eigho@ :eigho@ 9awcett &ha@ Just 3 was looking
:o"e heBs not looking, cute as a rat :e held unfurled his ?9reeman?
2anBt see now 1emember write Greek ees Bloom di""ed, Bloo mur% dear
sir 'ear :enry wrote% dear =ady Got your lett and flow :ell did 3
"utC 4ome "ock or oth 3t is utterl im"oss Underline ?im"oss? To write
Bore this Bored Bloom tambourined gently with 3 am just reflecting
fingers on flat "ad Pat brought
5n <now what 3 mean ;o, change that ee &cce" my "oor litt "res
enclos &sk her no answ :old on 9ive 'ig Two about here Penny the
gulls Elijah is com 4even 'avy ByrneBs 3s eight about 4ay half a
crown =y "oor little "res% " o two and siE Drite me a long 'o you
des"iseC Jingle, have you theC 4o eEcited Dhy do you call me naughtC
!ou naughty tooC 5, =airy lost the string of her Bye for today !es,
yes, will tell you Dant to To kee" it u" 2all me that other 5ther
world she wrote =y "atience are eEhaust To kee" it u" !ou must
believe Believe The tank 3t 3s True
9olly am 3 writingC :usbands donBt ThatBs marriage does, their wives
Because 3Bm away from 4u""ose But howC 4he must <ee" young 3f she
found out 2ard in my high grade ha ;o, not tell all Useless "ain 3f
they donBt see Doman 4auce for the gander
& hackney car, number three hundred and twentyfour, driver Barton James
of number one :armony avenue, 'onnybrook, on which sat a fare, a young
gentleman, stylishly dressed in an indigoblue serge suit made by George
1obert =esias, tailor and cutter, of number five Eden Auay, and wearing
a straw hat very dressy, bought of John Plasto of number one Great
Brunswick street, hatter EhC This is the jingle that joggled and
jingled By 'lugac>B "orksho" bright tubes of &gendath trotted a
gallantbuttocked mare
##&nswering an adC keen 1ichieBs eyes asked Bloom
##!es, =r Bloom said Town traveller ;othing doing, 3 eE"ect
Bloom mur% best references But :enry wrote% it will eEcite me !ou
know how 3n haste :enry Greek ee Better add "ostscri"t Dhat is he
"laying nowC 3m"rovising 3nterme>>o P 4 The rum tum tum :ow will
you "unC !ou "unish meC 2rooked skirt swinging, whack by Tell me 3 want
to <now 5 2ourse if 3 didnBt 3 wouldnBt ask $a la la ree Trails off
there sad in minor Dhy minor sadC 4ign : They like sad tail at end P
P 4 $a la la ree 3 feel so sad today $a ree 4o lonely 'ee
:e blotted Auick on "ad of Pat Envel &ddress Just co"y out of "a"er
=urmured% =essrs 2allan, 2oleman and 2o, limited :enry wrote%
=iss =artha 2lifford cSo P 5 'ol"hinBs Barn $ane 'ublin
Blot over the other so he canBt read There 1ight 3dea "ri>e titbit
4omething detective read off blotting"ad Payment at the rate of guinea
"er col =atcham often thinks the laughing witch Poor =rs Purefoy U
P% u"
Too "oetical that about the sad =usic did that =usic hath charms
4hakes"eare said Guotations every day in the year To be or not to be
Disdom while you wait
3n GerardBs rosery of 9etter lane he walks, greyedauburn 5ne life is
all 5ne body 'o But do
'one anyhow Postal order, stam" Postoffice lower down Dalk now
Enough Barney <iernanBs 3 "romised to meet them 'islike that job
:ouse of mourning Dalk Pat@ 'oesnBt hear 'eaf beetle he is
2ar near there now Talk Talk Pat@ 'oesnBt 4ettling those na"kins
$ot of ground he must cover in the day Paint face behind on him then
heBd be two Dish theyBd sing more <ee" my mind off
Bald Pat who is bothered mitred the na"kins Pat is a waiter hard of his
hearing Pat is a waiter who waits while you wait :ee hee hee hee :e
waits while you wait :ee hee & waiter is he :ee hee hee hee :e waits
while you wait Dhile you wait if you wait he will wait while you wait
:ee hee hee hee :oh Dait while you wait
'ouce now 'ouce $ydia Bron>e and rose
4he had a gorgeous, sim"ly gorgeous, time &nd look at the lovely shell
she brought
To the end of the bar to him she bore lightly the s"iked and winding
seahorn that he, George $idwell, solicitor, might hear
##$isten@ she bade him
Under Tom <ernanBs ginhot words the accom"anist wove music slow
&uthentic fact :ow Dalter Ba"ty lost his voice Dell, sir, the husband
took him by the throat ?4coundrel,? said he, ?!ouBll sing no more
lovesongs? :e did, faith, sir Tom Bob 2owley wove Tenors get wom
2owley lay back
&h, now he heard, she holding it to his ear :ear@ :e heard
Donderful 4he held it to her own &nd through the sifted light "ale
gold in contrast glided To hear
Bloom through the bardoor saw a shell held at their ears :e heard more
faintly that that they heard, each for herself alone, then each for
other, hearing the "lash of waves, loudly, a silent roar
Bron>e by a weary gold, anear, afar, they listened
:er ear too is a shell, the "ee"ing lobe there Been to the seaside
$ovely seaside girls 4kin tanned raw 4hould have "ut on coldcream
first make it brown Buttered toast 5 and that lotion mustnBt forget
9ever near her mouth !our head it sim"ly :air braided over% shell with
seaweed Dhy do they hide their ears with seaweed hairC &nd Turks the
mouth, whyC :er eyes over the sheet !ashmak 9ind the way in & cave
;o admittance eEce"t on business
The sea they think they hear 4inging & roar The blood it is 4ouse in
the ear sometimes Dell, itBs a sea 2or"uscle islands
Donderful really 4o distinct &gain George $idwell held its murmur,
hearing% then laid it by, gently
##Dhat are the wild waves sayingC he asked her, smiled
2harming, seasmiling and unanswering $ydia on $idwell smiled
By $arry 5B1ourkeBs, by $arry, bold $arry 5B, Boylan swayed and Boylan
9rom the forsaken shell miss =ina glided to her tankards waiting ;o,
she was not so lonely archly miss 'ouceBs head let =r $idwell know
Dalks in the moonlight by the sea ;o, not alone Dith whomC 4he nobly
answered% with a gentleman friend
Bob 2owleyBs twinkling fingers in the treble "layed again The landlord
has the "rior & little time $ong John Big Ben $ightly he "layed a
light bright tinkling measure for tri""ing ladies, arch and smiling,
and for their gallants, gentlemen friends 5ne% one, one, one, one, one%
two, one, three, four
4ea, wind, leaves, thunder, waters, cows lowing, the cattlemarket,
cocks, hens donBt crow, snakes hissss ThereBs music everywhere
1uttledgeBs door% ee creaking ;o, thatBs noise =inuet of ?'on
Giovanni? heBs "laying now 2ourt dresses of all descri"tions in castle
chambers dancing =isery Peasants outside Green starving faces eating
dockleaves ;ice that is $ook% look, look, look, look, look% you look
at us
ThatBs joyful 3 can feel ;ever have written it DhyC =y joy is other
joy But both are joys !es, joy it must be =ere fact of music shows
you are 5ften thought she was in the dum"s till she began to lilt Then
=B2oy valise =y wife and your wife 4Auealing cat $ike tearing silk
Tongue when she talks like the cla""er of a bellows They canBt manage
menBs intervals Ga" in their voices too 9ill me 3Bm warm, dark, o"en
=olly in ?Auis est homo?% =ercadante =y ear against the wall to hear
Dant a woman who can deliver the goods
Jog jig jogged sto""ed 'andy tan shoe of dandy Boylan socks skyblue
clocks came light to earth
5, look we are so@ 2hamber music 2ould make a kind of "un on that
3t is a kind of music 3 often thought when she &coustics that is
Tinkling Em"ty vessels make most noise Because the acoustics, the
resonance changes according as the weight of the water is eAual to
the law of falling water $ike those rha"sodies of $is>tBs, :ungarian,
gi"syeyed Pearls 'ro"s 1ain 'iddleiddle addleaddle ooddleooddle
:issss ;ow =aybe now Before
5ne ra""ed on a door, one ta""ed with a knock, did he knock Paul de <ock
with a loud "roud knocker with a cock carracarracarra cock 2ockcock
##?Gui sdegno,? Ben, said 9ather 2owley
##;o, Ben, Tom <ernan interfered ?The 2ro""y Boy? 5ur native 'oric
##&y do, Ben, =r 'edalus said Good men and true
##'o, do, they begged in one
3Bll go :ere, Pat, return 2ome :e came, he came, he did not stay To
me :ow muchC
##Dhat keyC 4iE shar"sC
##9 shar" major, Ben 'ollard said
Bob 2owleyBs outstretched talons gri"ed the black dee"sounding chords
=ust go "rince Bloom told 1ichie "rince ;o, 1ichie said !es, must Got
money somewhere :eBs on for a ra>>le backache s"ree =uchC :e seehears
li"s"eech 5ne and nine Penny for yourself :ere Give him two"ence
ti" 'eaf, bothered But "erha"s he has wife and family waiting, waiting
Patty come home :ee hee hee hee 'eaf wait while they wait
But wait But hear 2hords dark $ugugugubrious $ow 3n a cave of the
dark middle earth Embedded ore $um"music
The voice of dark age, of unlove, earthBs fatigue made grave a""roach
and "ainful, come from afar, from hoary mountains, called on good men
and true The "riest he sought Dith him would he s"eak a word
Ben 'ollardBs voice Base barreltone 'oing his level best to say it
2roak of vast manless moonless womoonless marsh 5ther comedown Big
shi"sB chandlerBs business he did once 1emember% rosiny ro"es, shi"sB
lanterns 9ailed to the tune of ten thousand "ounds ;ow in the 3veagh
home 2ubicle number so and so ;umber one Bass did that for him
The "riestBs at home & false "riestBs servant bade him welcome 4te"
in The holy father Dith bows a traitor servant 2urlycues of chords
1uin them Dreck their lives Then build them cubicles to end their days
in :ushaby $ullaby 'ie, dog $ittle dog, die
The voice of warning, solemn warning, told them the youth had entered
a lonely hall, told them how solemn fell his footste"s there, told them
the gloomy chamber, the vested "riest sitting to shrive
'ecent soul Bit addled now Thinks heBll win in ?&nswers,? "oetsB
"icture "u>>le De hand you cris" five "ound note Bird sitting hatching
in a nest $ay of the last minstrel he thought it was 4ee blank tee
what domestic animalC Tee dash ar most courageous mariner Good voice he
has still ;o eunuch yet with all his belongings
$isten Bloom listened 1ichie Goulding listened &nd by the door deaf
Pat, bald Pat, ti""ed Pat, listened The chords har"ed slower
The voice of "enance and of grief came slow, embellished, tremulous
BenBs contrite beard confessed ?in nomine 'omini,? in GodBs name he
knelt :e beat his hand u"on his breast, confessing% ?mea cul"a?
$atin again That holds them like birdlime Priest with the communion
cor"us for those women 2ha" in the mortuary, coffin or coffey,
?cor"usnomine? Donder where that rat is by now 4cra"e
They listened Tankards and miss <ennedy George $idwell, eyelid well
eE"ressive, fullbusted satin <ernan 4i
The sighing voice of sorrow sang :is sins 4ince Easter he had cursed
three times !ou bitchBs bast &nd once at masstime he had gone to "lay
5nce by the churchyard he had "assed and for his motherBs rest he had
not "rayed & boy & cro""y boy
Bron>e, listening, by the beer"ull ga>ed far away 4oulfully 'oesnBt
half know 3Bm =olly great dab at seeing anyone looking
Bron>e ga>ed far sideways =irror there 3s that best side of her faceC
They always know <nock at the door $ast ti" to titivate
Dhat do they think when they hear musicC Day to catch rattlesnakes
;ight =ichael Gunn gave us the boE Tuning u" 4hah of Persia liked
that best 1emind him of home sweet home Di"ed his nose in curtain too
2ustom his country "erha"s ThatBs music too ;ot as bad as it sounds
Tootling Brasses braying asses through u"trunks 'oublebasses hel"less,
gashes in their sides Doodwinds mooing cows 4emigrand o"en crocodile
music hath jaws Doodwind like GoodwinBs name
4he looked fine :er crocus dress she wore lowcut, belongings on show
2love her breath was always in theatre when she bent to ask a Auestion
Told her what 4"ino>a says in that book of "oor "a"aBs :y"notised,
listening Eyes like that 4he bent 2ha" in dresscircle staring down
into her with his o"eraglass for all he was worth Beauty of music you
must hear twice ;ature woman half a look God made the country man the
tune =et him "ike hoses Philoso"hy 5 rocks@
&ll gone &ll fallen &t the siege of 1oss his father, at Gorey all his
brothers fell To DeEford, we are the boys of DeEford, he would $ast of
his name and race
3 too $ast of my race =illy young student Dell, my fault "erha"s ;o
son 1udy Too late now 5r if notC 3f notC 3f stillC
:e bore no hate
:ate $ove Those are names 1udy 4oon 3 am old Big Ben his voice
unfolded Great voice 1ichie Goulding said, a flush struggling in his
"ale, to Bloom soon old But when was youngC
3reland comes now =y country above the king 4he listens Dho fears to
s"eak of nineteen fourC Time to be shoving $ooked enough
##?Bless me, father,? 'ollard the cro""y cried ?Bless me and let me
Bloom looked, unblessed to go Got u" to kill% on eighteen bob a week
9ellows shell out the dibs Dant to kee" your weathereye o"en Those
girls, those lovely By the sad sea waves 2horusgirlBs romance $etters
read out for breach of "romise 9rom 2hickabiddyBs owny =um"sy"um
$aughter in court :enry 3 never signed it The lovely name you
$ow sank the music, air and words Then hastened The false "riest
rustling soldier from his cassock & yeoman ca"tain They know it all by
heart The thrill they itch for !eoman ca"
Ta" Ta"
Thrilled she listened, bending in sym"athy to hear
Blank face Hirgin should say% or fingered only Drite something on it%
"age 3f not what becomes of themC 'ecline, des"air <ee"s them young
Even admire themselves 4ee Play on her $i" blow Body of white woman,
a flute alive Blow gentle $oud Three holes, all women Goddess 3
didnBt see They want it ;ot too much "olite ThatBs why he gets them
Gold in your "ocket, brass in your face 4ay something =ake her hear
Dith look to look 4ongs without words =olly, that hurdygurdy boy
4he knew he meant the monkey was sick 5r because so like the 4"anish
Understand animals too that way 4olomon did Gift of nature
HentriloAuise =y li"s closed Think in my stom DhatC
DillC !ouC 3 Dant !ou To
Dith hoarse rude fury the yeoman cursed, swelling in a"o"lectic bitchBs
bastard & good thought, boy, to come 5ne hourBs your time to live,
your last
Ta" Ta"
Thrill now Pity they feel To wi"e away a tear for martyrs that want
to, dying to, die 9or all things dying, for all things born Poor =rs
Purefoy :o"e sheBs over Because their wombs
& liAuid of womb of woman eyeball ga>ed under a fence of lashes, calmly,
hearing 4ee real beauty of the eye when she not s"eaks 5n yonder
river &t each slow satiny heaving bosomBs wave Kher heaving embonL red
rose rose slowly sank red rose :eartbeats% her breath% breath that is
life &nd all the tiny tiny fernfoils trembled of maidenhair
But look The bright stars fade 5 rose@ 2astile The morn :a $idwell
9or him then not for 3nfatuated 3 like thatC 4ee her from here though
Po""ed corks, s"lashes of beerfroth, stacks of em"ties
5n the smooth jutting beer"ull laid $ydia hand, lightly, "lum"ly, leave
it to my hands &ll lost in "ity for cro""y 9ro, to% to, fro% over
the "olished knob Kshe knows his eyes, my eyes, her eyesL her thumb and
finger "assed in "ity% "assed, re"osed and, gently touching, then slid
so smoothly, slowly down, a cool firm white enamel baton "rotruding
through their sliding ring
Dith a cock with a carra
Ta" Ta" Ta"
3 hold this house &men :e gnashed in fury Traitors swing
The chords consented Hery sad thing But had to be Get out before the
end Thanks, that was heavenly DhereBs my hat Pass by her 2an leave
that 9reeman $etter 3 have 4u""ose she were theC ;o Dalk, walk,
walk $ike 2ashel Boylo 2onnoro 2oylo Tisdall =aurice Tisntdall 9arrell
Dell, 3 must be &re you offC !rfmstbyes Blmstu" 5Ber ryehigh blue
5w Bloom stood u" 4oa" feeling rather sticky behind =ust have
sweated% music That lotion, remember Dell, so long :igh grade 2ard
inside !es
By deaf Pat in the doorway straining ear Bloom "assed
&t Geneva barrack that young man died &t Passage was his body laid
'olor@ 5, he dolores@ The voice of the mournful chanter called to
dolorous "rayer
By rose, by satiny bosom, by the fondling hand, by slo"s, by em"ties,
by "o""ed corks, greeting in going, "ast eyes and maidenhair, bron>e and
faint gold in dee"seashadow, went Bloom, soft Bloom, 3 feel so lonely
Ta" Ta" Ta"
Pray for him, "rayed the bass of 'ollard !ou who hear in "eace Breathe
a "rayer, dro" a tear, good men, good "eo"le :e was the cro""y boy
4caring eavesdro""ing boots cro""y bootsboy Bloom in the 5rmond hallway
heard the growls and roars of bravo, fat backsla""ing, their boots all
treading, boots not the boots the boy General chorus off for a swill to
wash it down Glad 3 avoided
##2ome on, Ben, 4imon 'edalus cried By God, youBre as good as ever you
##Better, said Tomgin <ernan =ost trenchant rendition of that ballad,
u"on my soul and honour 3t is
##$ablache, said 9ather 2owley
Ben 'ollard bulkily cachuchad towards the bar, mightily "raisefed
and all big roseate, on heavyfooted feet, his gouty fingers nakkering
castagnettes in the air
Big Benaben 'ollard Big Benben Big Benben
&nd dee"moved all, 4imon trum"ing com"assion from foghorn nose, all
laughing they brought him forth, Ben 'ollard, in right good cheer
##!ouBre looking rubicund, George $idwell said
=iss 'ouce com"osed her rose to wait
##Ben machree, said =r 'edalus, cla""ing BenBs fat back shoulderblade
9it as a fiddle only he has a lot of adi"ose tissue concealed about his
##9at of death, 4imon, Ben 'ollard growled
1ichie rift in the lute alone sat% Goulding, 2ollis, Dard Uncertainly
he waited Un"aid Pat too
Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta"
=iss =ina <ennedy brought near her li"s to ear of tankard one
##=r 'ollard, they murmured low
##'ollard, murmured tankard
Tank one believed% miss <enn when she% that doll he was% she doll% the
:e murmured that he knew the name The name was familiar to him, that
is to say That was to say he had heard the name of 'ollard, was itC
'ollard, yes
!es, her li"s said more loudly, =r 'ollard :e sang that song lovely,
murmured =ina =r 'ollard &nd ?The last rose of summer? was a lovely
song =ina loved that song Tankard loved the song that =ina
BTis the last rose of summer dollard left bloom felt wind wound round
Gassy thing that cider% binding too Dait Postoffice near 1euben JBs
one and eight"ence too Get shut of it 'odge round by Greek street
Dish 3 hadnBt "romised to meet 9reer in air =usic Gets on your
nerves Beer"ull :er hand that rocks the cradle rules the Ben :owth
That rules the world
9ar 9ar 9ar 9ar
Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta"
U" the Auay went $ionelleo"old, naughty :enry with letter for =ady, with
sweets of sin with frillies for 1aoul with met him "ike hoses went Poldy
Ta" blind walked ta""ing by the ta" the curbstone ta""ing, ta" by ta"
2owley, he stuns himself with it% kind of drunkenness Better give way
only half way the way of a man with a maid 3nstance enthusiasts &ll
ears ;ot lose a demisemiAuaver Eyes shut :ead nodding in time 'otty
!ou darenBt budge Thinking strictly "rohibited &lways talking sho"
9iddlefaddle about notes
&ll a kind of attem"t to talk Un"leasant when it sto"s because you
never know eEac 5rgan in Gardiner street 5ld Glynn fifty Auid a year
Gueer u" there in the cockloft, alone, with sto"s and locks and keys
4eated all day at the organ =aunder on for hours, talking to himself or
the other fellow blowing the bellows Growl angry, then shriek cursing
Kwant to have wadding or something in his no donBt she criedL, then all
of a soft sudden wee little wee little "i"y wind
Pwee@ & wee little wind "i"ed eeee 3n BloomBs little wee
##Das heC =r 'edalus said, returning with fetched "i"e 3 was with him
this morning at "oor little Paddy 'ignamBs
##&y, the $ord have mercy on him
##By the bye thereBs a tuningfork in there on the
Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta"
##The wife has a fine voice 5r had DhatC $idwell asked
##5, that must be the tuner, $ydia said to 4imonlionel first 3 saw,
forgot it when he was here
Blind he was she told George $idwell second 3 saw &nd "layed so
eEAuisitely, treat to hear EEAuisite contrast% bron>elid, minagold
##4hout@ Ben 'ollard shouted, "ouring 4ing out@
##Blldo@ cried 9ather 2owley
3 feel 3 want
Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta"
##Hery, =r 'edalus said, staring hard at a headless sardine
Under the sandwichbell lay on a bier of bread one last, one lonely, last
sardine of summer Bloom alone
##Hery, he stared The lower register, for choice
Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta" Ta"
Bloom went by BarryBs Dish 3 could Dait That wonderworker if 3 had
Twentyfour solicitors in that one house 2ounted them $itigation $ove
one another Piles of "archment =essrs Pick and Pocket have "ower of
attorney Goulding, 2ollis, Dard
But for eEam"le the cha" that wallo"s the big drum :is vocation% =ickey
1ooneyBs band Donder how it first struck him 4itting at home after
"igBs cheek and cabbage nursing it in the armchair 1ehearsing his band
"art Pom Pom"edy Jolly for the wife &ssesB skins Delt them through
life, then wallo" after death Pom Dallo" 4eems to be what you call
yashmak or 3 mean kismet 9ate
Ta" Ta" & stri"ling, blind, with a ta""ing cane came ta"ta"ta""ing by
'alyBs window where a mermaid hair all streaming Kbut he couldnBt seeL
blew whiffs of a mermaid Kblind couldnBtL, mermaid, coolest whiff of
3nstruments & blade of grass, shell of her hands, then blow Even
comb and tissue"a"er you can knock a tune out of =olly in her shift in
$ombard street west, hair down 3 su""ose each kind of trade made its
own, donBt you seeC :unter with a horn :aw :ave you theC ?2loche
4onne> la? 4he"herd his "i"e Pwee little wee Policeman a whistle
$ocks and keys@ 4wee"@ 9our oBclockBs allBs well@ 4lee"@ &ll is lost
now 'rumC Pom"edy Dait 3 know Towncrier, bumbailiff $ong John
Daken the dead Pom 'ignam Poor little ?nominedomine? Pom 3t is
music 3 mean of course itBs all "om "om "om very much what they call
?da ca"o? 4till you can hear &s we march, we march along, march along
3 must really 9ff ;ow if 3 did that at a banAuet Just a Auestion of
custom shah of Persia Breathe a "rayer, dro" a tear &ll the same
he must have been a bit of a natural not to see it was a yeoman ca"
=uffled u" Donder who was that cha" at the grave in the brown macin 5,
the whore of the lane@
& frowsy whore with black straw sailor hat askew came gla>ily in the day
along the Auay towards =r Bloom Dhen first he saw that form endearingC
!es, it is 3 feel so lonely Det night in the lane :orn Dho had
theC :eehaw shesaw 5ff her beat here Dhat is sheC :o"e she Psst@ &ny
chance of your wash <new =olly :ad me decked 4tout lady does be with
you in the brown costume Put you off your stroke, that &""ointment
we made knowing weBd never, well hardly ever Too dear too near to home
sweet home 4ees me, does sheC $ooks a fright in the day 9ace like di"
'amn her 5, well, she has to live like the rest $ook in here
3n $ionel =arksBs antiAue salesho" window haughty :enry $ionel $eo"old
dear :enry 9lower earnestly =r $eo"old Bloom envisaged battered
candlesticks melodeon oo>ing maggoty blowbags Bargain% siE bob =ight
learn to "lay 2hea" $et her "ass 2ourse everything is dear if you
donBt want it ThatBs what good salesman is =ake you buy what he wants
to sell 2ha" sold me the 4wedish ra>or he shaved me with Danted to
charge me for the edge he gave it 4heBs "assing now 4iE bob
=ust be the cider or "erha"s the burgund
;ear bron>e from anear near gold from afar they chinked their clinking
glasses all, brighteyed and gallant, before bron>e $ydiaBs tem"ting last
rose of summer, rose of 2astile 9irst $id, 'e, 2ow, <er, 'oll, a fifth%
$idwell, 4i 'edalus, Bob 2owley, <ernan and big Ben 'ollard
Ta" & youth entered a lonely 5rmond hall
Bloom viewed a gallant "ictured hero in $ionel =arksBs window 1obert
EmmetBs last words 4even last words 5f =eyerbeer that is
##True men like you men
##&y, ay, Ben
##Dill lift your glass with us
They lifted
Tschink Tschunk
Ti" &n unseeing stri"ling stood in the door :e saw not bron>e :e saw
not gold ;or Ben nor Bob nor Tom nor 4i nor George nor tanks nor 1ichie
nor Pat :ee hee hee hee :e did not see
4eabloom, greaseabloom viewed last words 4oftly ?Dhen my country takes
her "lace among?
=ust be the bur
9ff@ 5o 1r"r
?;ations of the earth? ;o#one behind 4heBs "assed ?Then and not till
then? Tram kran kran kran Good o""or 2oming <randlkrankran 3Bm
sure itBs the burgund !es 5ne, two ?$et my e"ita"h be? <raaaaaa
?Dritten 3 have?
3 was just "assing the time of day with old Troy of the ' = P at the
corner of &rbour hill there and be damned but a bloody swee" came along
and he near drove his gear into my eye 3 turned around to let him have
the weight of my tongue when who should 3 see dodging along 4tony Batter
only Joe :ynes
##$o, Joe, says 3 :ow are you blowingC 'id you see that bloody
chimneyswee" near shove my eye out with his brushC
##4ootBs luck, says Joe DhoBs the old ballocks you were talking toC
##5ld Troy, says 3, was in the force 3Bm on two minds not to give that
fellow in charge for obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and
##Dhat are you doing round those "artsC says Joe
##'evil a much, says 3 ThereBs a bloody big foEy thief beyond by the
garrison church at the corner of 2hicken lane##old Troy was just giving
me a wrinkle about him##lifted any GodBs Auantity of tea and sugar
to "ay three bob a week said he had a farm in the county 'own off a
ho"#of#my#thumb by the name of =oses :er>og over there near :eytesbury
##2ircumcisedC says Joe
##&y, says 3 & bit off the to" &n old "lumber named Geraghty 3Bm
hanging on to his taw now for the "ast fortnight and 3 canBt get a "enny
out of him
##That the lay youBre on nowC says Joe
##&y, says 3 :ow are the mighty fallen@ 2ollector of bad and doubtful
debts But thatBs the most notorious bloody robber youBd meet in a dayBs
walk and the face on him all "ockmarks would hold a shower of rain
?Tell him,? says he, ?3 dare him,? says he, ?and 3 doubledare him
to send you round here again or if he does,? says he, ?3Bll have
him summonsed u" before the court, so 3 will, for trading without a
licence? &nd he after stuffing himself till heBs fit to burst Jesus,
3 had to laugh at the little jewy getting his shirt out ?:e drink me my
teas :e eat me my sugars Because he no "ay me my moneysC?
9or non"erishable goods bought of =oses :er>og, of (/ 4aint <evinBs
"arade in the city of 'ublin, Dood Auay ward, merchant, hereinafter
called the vendor, and sold and delivered to =ichael E Geraghty,
esAuire, of )7 &rbour hill in the city of 'ublin, &rran Auay ward,
gentleman, hereinafter called the "urchaser, videlicet, five "ounds
avoirdu"ois of first choice tea at three shillings and no "ence "er
"ound avoirdu"ois and three stone avoirdu"ois of sugar, crushed crystal,
at three"ence "er "ound avoirdu"ois, the said "urchaser debtor to the
said vendor of one "ound five shillings and siE"ence sterling for value
received which amount shall be "aid by said "urchaser to said vendor in
weekly instalments every seven calendar days of three shillings and no
"ence sterling% and the said non"erishable goods shall not be "awned or
"ledged or sold or otherwise alienated by the said "urchaser but shall
be and remain and be held to be the sole and eEclusive "ro"erty of the
said vendor to be dis"osed of at his good will and "leasure until the
said amount shall have been duly "aid by the said "urchaser to the said
vendor in the manner herein set forth as this day hereby agreed between
the said vendor, his heirs, successors, trustees and assigns of the one
"art and the said "urchaser, his heirs, successors, trustees and assigns
of the other "art
##&re you a strict ttC says Joe
##;ot taking anything between drinks, says 3
##Dhat about "aying our res"ects to our friendC says Joe
##DhoC says 3 4ure, heBs out in John of GodBs off his head, "oor man
##'rinking his own stuffC says Joe
##&y, says 3 Dhisky and water on the brain
##2ome around to Barney <iernanBs, says Joe 3 want to see the citi>en
##Barney mavourneenBs be it, says 3 &nything strange or wonderful, JoeC
##;ot a word, says Joe 3 was u" at that meeting in the 2ity &rms
###Dhat was that, JoeC says 3
##2attle traders, says Joe, about the foot and mouth disease 3 want to
give the citi>en the hard word about it
4o we went around by the $inenhall barracks and the back of the
courthouse talking of one thing or another 'ecent fellow Joe when he
has it but sure like that he never has it Jesus, 3 couldnBt get over
that bloody foEy Geraghty, the daylight robber 9or trading without a
licence, says he
3n 3nisfail the fair there lies a land, the land of holy =ichan There
rises a watchtower beheld of men afar There slee" the mighty dead as in
life they sle"t, warriors and "rinces of high renown & "leasant land
it is in sooth of murmuring waters, fishful streams where s"ort the
gurnard, the "laice, the roach, the halibut, the gibbed haddock, the
grilse, the dab, the brill, the flounder, the "ollock, the miEed coarse
fish generally and other deni>ens of the aAueous kingdom too numerous to
be enumerated 3n the mild bree>es of the west and of the east the lofty
trees wave in different directions their firstclass foliage, the wafty
sycamore, the $ebanonian cedar, the eEalted "lanetree, the eugenic
eucaly"tus and other ornaments of the arboreal world with which
that region is thoroughly well su""lied $ovely maidens sit in close
"roEimity to the roots of the lovely trees singing the most lovely songs
while they "lay with all kinds of lovely objects as for eEam"le golden
ingots, silvery fishes, crans of herrings, drafts of eels, codlings,
creels of fingerlings, "ur"le seagems and "layful insects &nd heroes
voyage from afar to woo them, from Eblana to 4lievemargy, the "eerless
"rinces of unfettered =unster and of 2onnacht the just and of smooth
sleek $einster and of 2ruahanBs land and of &rmagh the s"lendid and of
the noble district of Boyle, "rinces, the sons of kings
&nd there rises a shining "alace whose crystal glittering roof is seen
by mariners who traverse the eEtensive sea in barks built eE"ressly for
that "ur"ose, and thither come all herds and fatlings and firstfruits
of that land for 5B2onnell 9it>simon takes toll of them, a chieftain
descended from chieftains Thither the eEtremely large wains bring
foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of s"inach,
"inea""le chunks, 1angoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs,
drills of 4wedes, s"herical "otatoes and tallies of iridescent kale,
!ork and 4avoy, and trays of onions, "earls of the earth, and "unnets of
mushrooms and custard marrows and fat vetches and bere and ra"e and red
green yellow brown russet sweet big bitter ri"e "omellated a""les and
chi"s of strawberries and sieves of gooseberries, "ul"y and "elurious,
and strawberries fit for "rinces and ras"berries from their canes
3 dare him, says he, and 3 doubledare him 2ome out here, Geraghty, you
notorious bloody hill and dale robber@
&nd by that way wend the herds innumerable of bellwethers and flushed
ewes and shearling rams and lambs and stubble geese and medium steers
and roaring mares and "olled calves and longwoods and storeshee" and
2uffeBs "rime s"ringers and culls and sow"igs and baconhogs and the
various different varieties of highly distinguished swine and &ngus
heifers and "olly bulllocks of immaculate "edigree together with "rime
"remiated milchcows and beeves% and there is ever heard a tram"ling,
cackling, roaring, lowing, bleating, bellowing, rumbling, grunting,
cham"ing, chewing, of shee" and "igs and heavyhooved kine from
"asturelands of $usk and 1ush and 2arrickmines and from the streamy
vales of Thomond, from the =BGillicuddyBs reeks the inaccessible and
lordly 4hannon the unfathomable, and from the gentle declivities of the
"lace of the race of <iar, their udders distended with su"erabundance of
milk and butts of butter and rennets of cheese and farmerBs firkins and
targets of lamb and crannocks of corn and oblong eggs in great hundreds,
various in si>e, the agate with this dun
4o we turned into Barney <iernanBs and there, sure enough, was the
citi>en u" in the corner having a great confab with himself and that
bloody mangy mongrel, Garryowen, and he waiting for what the sky would
dro" in the way of drink
##There he is, says 3, in his gloryhole, with his cruiskeen lawn and his
load of "a"ers, working for the cause
The bloody mongrel let a grouse out of him would give you the cree"s Be
a cor"oral work of mercy if someone would take the life of that bloody
dog 3Bm told for a fact he ate a good "art of the breeches off a
constabulary man in 4antry that came round one time with a blue "a"er
about a licence
##4tand and deliver, says he
##ThatBs all right, citi>en, says Joe 9riends here
##Pass, friends, says he
Then he rubs his hand in his eye and says he%
##DhatBs your o"inion of the timesC
'oing the ra""aree and 1ory of the hill But, begob, Joe was eAual to
the occasion
##3 think the markets are on a rise, says he, sliding his hand down his
4o begob the citi>en cla"s his "aw on his knee and he says%
##9oreign wars is the cause of it
&nd says Joe, sticking his thumb in his "ocket%
##3tBs the 1ussians wish to tyrannise
##&rrah, give over your bloody codding, Joe, says 3 3Bve a thirst on me
3 wouldnBt sell for half a crown
##Give it a name, citi>en, says Joe
##Dine of the country, says he
##DhatBs yoursC says Joe
##'itto =ac&nas"ey, says 3
##Three "ints, Terry, says Joe &nd howBs the old heart, citi>enC says
##;ever better, ?a chara?, says he Dhat GarryC &re we going to winC EhC
&nd with that he took the bloody old towser by the scruff of the neck
and, by Jesus, he near throttled him
The figure seated on a large boulder at the foot of a round tower was
that of a broadshouldered dee"chested stronglimbed frankeyed redhaired
freelyfreckled shaggybearded widemouthed largenosed longheaded
dee"voiced barekneed brawnyhanded hairylegged ruddyfaced sinewyarmed
hero 9rom shoulder to shoulder he measured several ells and his
rocklike mountainous knees were covered, as was likewise the rest of his
body wherever visible, with a strong growth of tawny "rickly hair in
hue and toughness similar to the mountain gorse K?UleE Euro"eus?L
The widewinged nostrils, from which bristles of the same tawny hue
"rojected, were of such ca"aciousness that within their cavernous
obscurity the fieldlark might easily have lodged her nest The eyes
in which a tear and a smile strove ever for the mastery were of the
dimensions of a goodsi>ed cauliflower & "owerful current of warm breath
issued at regular intervals from the "rofound cavity of his mouth
while in rhythmic resonance the loud strong hale reverberations of his
formidable heart thundered rumblingly causing the ground, the summit of
the lofty tower and the still loftier walls of the cave to vibrate and
:e wore a long unsleeved garment of recently flayed oEhide reaching
to the knees in a loose kilt and this was bound about his middle by
a girdle of "laited straw and rushes Beneath this he wore trews of
deerskin, roughly stitched with gut :is nether eEtremities were encased
in high Balbriggan buskins dyed in lichen "ur"le, the feet being shod
with brogues of salted cowhide laced with the wind"i"e of the same
beast 9rom his girdle hung a row of seastones which jangled at every
movement of his "ortentous frame and on these were graven with rude
yet striking art the tribal images of many 3rish heroes and heroines of
antiAuity, 2uchulin, 2onn of hundred battles, ;iall of nine hostages,
Brian of <incora, the ardri =alachi, &rt =ac=urragh, 4hane 5B;eill,
9ather John =ur"hy, 5wen 1oe, Patrick 4arsfield, 1ed :ugh 5B'onnell,
1ed Jim =ac'ermott, 4oggarth Eoghan 5BGrowney, =ichael 'wyer, 9rancy
:iggins, :enry Joy =B2racken, Goliath, :orace Dheatley, Thomas 2onneff,
Peg Doffington, the Hillage Blacksmith, 2a"tain =oonlight, 2a"tain
Boycott, 'ante &lighieri, 2hristo"her 2olumbus, 4 9ursa, 4 Brendan,
=arshal =ac=ahon, 2harlemagne, Theobald Dolfe Tone, the =other of the
=accabees, the $ast of the =ohicans, the 1ose of 2astile, the =an for
Galway, The =an that Broke the Bank at =onte 2arlo, The =an in the Ga",
The Doman Dho 'idnBt, Benjamin 9ranklin, ;a"oleon Bona"arte, John $
4ullivan, 2leo"atra, 4avourneen 'eelish, Julius 2aesar, Paracelsus, sir
Thomas $i"ton, Dilliam Tell, =ichelangelo :ayes, =uhammad, the Bride of
$ammermoor, Peter the :ermit, Peter the Packer, 'ark 1osaleen, Patrick
D 4hakes"eare, Brian 2onfucius, =urtagh Gutenberg, Patricio HelasAue>,
2a"tain ;emo, Tristan and 3solde, the first Prince of Dales, Thomas
2ook and 4on, the Bold 4oldier Boy, &rrah na Pogue, 'ick Tur"in, $udwig
Beethoven, the 2olleen Bawn, Daddler :ealy, &ngus the 2uldee, 'olly
=ount, 4idney Parade, Ben :owth, Halentine Greatrakes, &dam and Eve,
&rthur Dellesley, Boss 2roker, :erodotus, Jack the Giantkiller, Gautama
Buddha, $ady Godiva, The $ily of <illarney, Balor of the Evil Eye,
the Gueen of 4heba, &cky ;agle, Joe ;agle, &lessandro Holta, Jeremiah
5B'onovan 1ossa, 'on Phili" 5B4ullivan Beare & couched s"ear of
acuminated granite rested by him while at his feet re"osed a savage
animal of the canine tribe whose stertorous gas"s announced that he was
sunk in uneasy slumber, a su""osition confirmed by hoarse growls and
s"asmodic movements which his master re"ressed from time to time
by tranAuilising blows of a mighty cudgel rudely fashioned out of
"aleolithic stone
4o anyhow Terry brought the three "ints Joe was standing and begob the
sight nearly left my eyes when 3 saw him land out a Auid 5, as true as
3Bm telling you & goodlooking sovereign
##&nd thereBs more where that came from, says he
##Dere you robbing the "oorboE, JoeC says 3
##4weat of my brow, says Joe BTwas the "rudent member gave me the
##3 saw him before 3 met you, says 3, slo"ing around by Pill lane and
Greek street with his codBs eye counting u" all the guts of the fish
Dho comes through =ichanBs land, bedight in sable armourC 5BBloom,
the son of 1ory% it is he 3m"ervious to fear is 1oryBs son% he of the
"rudent soul
##9or the old woman of PrinceBs street, says the citi>en, the subsidised
organ The "ledgebound "arty on the floor of the house &nd look at this
blasted rag, says he $ook at this, says he ?The 3rish 3nde"endent,? if
you "lease, founded by Parnell to be the workingmanBs friend $isten to
the births and deaths in the ?3rish all for 3reland 3nde"endent,? and
3Bll thank you and the marriages
&nd he starts reading them out%
##Gordon, Barnfield crescent, EEeterM 1edmayne of 3ffley, 4aint &nneBs
on 4ea% the wife of Dilliam T 1edmayne of a son :owBs that, ehC Dright
and 9lint, Hincent and Gillett to 1otha =arion daughter of 1osa and the
late George &lfred Gillett, (I7 2la"ham road, 4tockwell, Playwood and
1idsdale at 4aint JudeBs, <ensington by the very reverend 'r 9orrest,
dean of Dorcester EhC 'eaths Bristow, at Dhitehall lane, $ondon% 2arr,
4toke ;ewington, of gastritis and heart disease% 2ockburn, at the =oat
house, 2he"stow
##3 know that fellow, says Joe, from bitter eE"erience
##2ockburn 'imsey, wife of 'avid 'imsey, late of the admiralty% =iller,
Tottenham, aged eightyfive% Delsh, June (), at /6 2anning street,
$iver"ool, 3sabella :elen :owBs that for a national "ress, eh, my brown
son@ :owBs that for =artin =ur"hy, the Bantry jobberC
##&h, well, says Joe, handing round the boose Thanks be to God they had
the start of us 'rink that, citi>en
##3 will, says he, honourable "erson
##:ealth, Joe, says 3 &nd all down the form
&h@ 5w@ 'onBt be talking@ 3 was blue mouldy for the want of that "int
'eclare to God 3 could hear it hit the "it of my stomach with a click
&nd lo, as they Auaffed their cu" of joy, a godlike messenger came
swiftly in, radiant as the eye of heaven, a comely youth and behind him
there "assed an elder of noble gait and countenance, bearing the sacred
scrolls of law and with him his lady wife a dame of "eerless lineage,
fairest of her race
$ittle &lf Bergan "o""ed in round the door and hid behind BarneyBs
snug, sAuee>ed u" with the laughing &nd who was sitting u" there in
the corner that 3 hadnBt seen snoring drunk blind to the world only Bob
'oran 3 didnBt know what was u" and &lf ke"t making signs out of the
door &nd begob what was it only that bloody old "antaloon 'enis Breen
in his bathsli""ers with two bloody big books tucked under his oEter and
the wife hotfoot after him, unfortunate wretched woman, trotting like a
"oodle 3 thought &lf would s"lit
##$ook at him, says he Breen :eBs trai"sing all round 'ublin with a
"ostcard someone sent him with U "% u" on it to take a li
&nd he doubled u"
##Take a whatC says 3
##$ibel action, says he, for ten thousand "ounds
##5 hell@ says 3
The bloody mongrel began to growl thatBd "ut the fear of God in you
seeing something was u" but the citi>en gave him a kick in the ribs
?##Bi i dho husht,? says he
##DhoC says Joe
##Breen, says &lf :e was in John :enry =entonBs and then he went round
to 2ollis and DardBs and then Tom 1ochford met him and sent him round to
the subsheriffBs for a lark 5 God, 3Bve a "ain laughing U "% u" The
long fellow gave him an eye as good as a "rocess and now the bloody old
lunatic is gone round to Green street to look for a G man
##Dhen is long John going to hang that fellow in =ountjoyC says Joe
##Bergan, says Bob 'oran, waking u" 3s that &lf BerganC
##!es, says &lf :angingC Dait till 3 show you :ere, Terry, give us a
"ony That bloody old fool@ Ten thousand "ounds !ou should have seen
long JohnBs eye U "
&nd he started laughing
##Dho are you laughing atC says Bob 'oran 3s that BerganC
##:urry u", Terry boy, says &lf
Terence 5B1yan heard him and straightway brought him a crystal cu"
full of the foamy ebon ale which the noble twin brothers Bungiveagh and
Bungardilaun brew ever in their divine alevats, cunning as the sons of
deathless $eda 9or they garner the succulent berries of the ho" and
mass and sift and bruise and brew them and they miE therewith sour
juices and bring the must to the sacred fire and cease not night or day
from their toil, those cunning brothers, lords of the vat
Then did you, chivalrous Terence, hand forth, as to the manner born,
that nectarous beverage and you offered the crystal cu" to him that
thirsted, the soul of chivalry, in beauty akin to the immortals
But he, the young chief of the 5BBerganBs, could ill brook to be outdone
in generous deeds but gave therefor with gracious gesture a testoon of
costliest bron>e Thereon embossed in eEcellent smithwork was seen
the image of a Aueen of regal "ort, scion of the house of Brunswick,
Hictoria her name, :er =ost EEcellent =ajesty, by grace of God of the
United <ingdom of Great Britain and 3reland and of the British dominions
beyond the sea, Aueen, defender of the faith, Em"ress of 3ndia, even
she, who bore rule, a victress over many "eo"les, the wellbeloved, for
they knew and loved her from the rising of the sun to the going down
thereof, the "ale, the dark, the ruddy and the ethio"
##DhatBs that bloody freemason doing, says the citi>en, "rowling u" and
down outsideC
##DhatBs thatC says Joe
##:ere you are, says &lf, chucking out the rhino Talking about hanging,
3Bll show you something you never saw :angmenBs letters $ook at here
4o he took a bundle of wis"s of letters and envelo"es out of his "ocket
##&re you coddingC says 3
##:onest injun, says &lf 1ead them
4o Joe took u" the letters
##Dho are you laughing atC says Bob 'oran
4o 3 saw there was going to be a bit of a dust BobBs a Aueer cha" when
the "orterBs u" in him so says 3 just to make talk%
##:owBs Dilly =urray those times, &lfC
##3 donBt know, says &lf 3 saw him just now in 2a"el street with Paddy
'ignam 5nly 3 was running after that
##!ou whatC says Joe, throwing down the letters Dith whoC
##Dith 'ignam, says &lf
##3s it PaddyC says Joe
##!es, says &lf DhyC
##'onBt you know heBs deadC says Joe
##Paddy 'ignam dead@ says &lf
##&y, says Joe
##4ure 3Bm after seeing him not five minutes ago, says &lf, as "lain as
a "ikestaff
##DhoBs deadC says Bob 'oran
##!ou saw his ghost then, says Joe, God between us and harm
##DhatC says &lf Good 2hrist, only five DhatC &nd Dilly =urray
with him, the two of them there near whatdoyoucallhimBs DhatC 'ignam
##Dhat about 'ignamC says Bob 'oran DhoBs talking aboutC
##'ead@ says &lf :eBs no more dead than you are
##=aybe so, says Joe They took the liberty of burying him this morning
##PaddyC says &lf
##&y, says Joe :e "aid the debt of nature, God be merciful to him
##Good 2hrist@ says &lf
Begob he was what you might call flabbergasted
3n the darkness s"irit hands were felt to flutter and when "rayer by
tantras had been directed to the "ro"er Auarter a faint but increasing
luminosity of ruby light became gradually visible, the a""arition of
the etheric double being "articularly lifelike owing to the discharge
of jivic rays from the crown of the head and face 2ommunication was
effected through the "ituitary body and also by means of the orangefiery
and scarlet rays emanating from the sacral region and solar "leEus
Guestioned by his earthname as to his whereabouts in the heavenworld he
stated that he was now on the "ath of "r l ya or return but was still
submitted to trial at the hands of certain bloodthirsty entities on the
lower astral levels 3n re"ly to a Auestion as to his first sensations
in the great divide beyond he stated that "reviously he had seen as in a
glass darkly but that those who had "assed over had summit "ossibilities
of atmic develo"ment o"ened u" to them 3nterrogated as to whether life
there resembled our eE"erience in the flesh he stated that he had heard
from more favoured beings now in the s"irit that their abodes were
eAui""ed with every modern home comfort such as talafana, alavatar,
hatakalda, wataklasat and that the highest ade"ts were stee"ed in
waves of volu"cy of the very "urest nature :aving reAuested a Auart of
buttermilk this was brought and evidently afforded relief &sked if he
had any message for the living he eEhorted all who were still at the
wrong side of =aya to acknowledge the true "ath for it was re"orted
in devanic circles that =ars and Ju"iter were out for mischief on the
eastern angle where the ram has "ower 3t was then Aueried whether there
were any s"ecial desires on the "art of the defunct and the re"ly was%
?De greet you, friends of earth, who are still in the body =ind 2 <
doesnBt "ile it on? 3t was ascertained that the reference was to =r
2ornelius <elleher, manager of =essrs : J 5B;eillBs "o"ular
funeral establishment, a "ersonal friend of the defunct, who had been
res"onsible for the carrying out of the interment arrangements Before
de"arting he reAuested that it should be told to his dear son Patsy that
the other boot which he had been looking for was at "resent under the
commode in the return room and that the "air should be sent to 2ullenBs
to be soled only as the heels were still good :e stated that this had
greatly "erturbed his "eace of mind in the other region and earnestly
reAuested that his desire should be made known
&ssurances were given that the matter would be attended to and it was
intimated that this had given satisfaction
:e is gone from mortal haunts% 5B'ignam, sun of our morning 9leet was
his foot on the bracken% Patrick of the beamy brow Dail, Banba, with
your wind% and wail, 5 ocean, with your whirlwind
##There he is again, says the citi>en, staring out
##DhoC says 3
##Bloom, says he :eBs on "oint duty u" and down there for the last ten
&nd, begob, 3 saw his "hysog do a "ee" in and then slidder off again
$ittle &lf was knocked bawways 9aith, he was
##Good 2hrist@ says he 3 could have sworn it was him
&nd says Bob 'oran, with the hat on the back of his "oll, lowest
blackguard in 'ublin when heBs under the influence%
##Dho said 2hrist is goodC
##3 beg your "arsni"s, says &lf
##3s that a good 2hrist, says Bob 'oran, to take away "oor little Dilly
##&h, well, says &lf, trying to "ass it off :eBs over all his troubles
But Bob 'oran shouts out of him
##:eBs a bloody ruffian, 3 say, to take away "oor little Dilly 'ignam
Terry came down and ti""ed him the wink to kee" Auiet, that they didnBt
want that kind of talk in a res"ectable licensed "remises &nd Bob 'oran
starts doing the wee"s about Paddy 'ignam, true as youBre there
##The finest man, says he, snivelling, the finest "urest character
The tear is bloody near your eye Talking through his bloody hat 9itter
for him go home to the little slee"walking bitch he married, =ooney, the
bumbailiffBs daughter, mother ke"t a ki" in :ardwicke street, that
used to be stravaging about the landings Bantam $yons told me that was
sto""ing there at two in the morning without a stitch on her, eE"osing
her "erson, o"en to all comers, fair field and no favour
##The noblest, the truest, says he &nd heBs gone, "oor little Dilly,
"oor little Paddy 'ignam
&nd mournful and with a heavy heart he bewe"t the eEtinction of that
beam of heaven
5ld Garryowen started growling again at Bloom that was skee>ing round
the door
##2ome in, come on, he wonBt eat you, says the citi>en
4o Bloom slo"es in with his codBs eye on the dog and he asks Terry was
=artin 2unningham there
##5, 2hrist =B<eown, says Joe, reading one of the letters $isten to
this, will youC
&nd he starts reading out one
?I :unter 4treet, $iver"ool To the :igh 4heriff of 'ublin, 'ublin?
?:onoured sir i beg to offer my services in the abovementioned "ainful
case i hanged Joe Gann in Bootle jail on the () of 9ebuary (7** and i
##4how us, Joe, says 3
##? "rivate &rthur 2hace for fowl murder of Jessie Tilsit in
Pentonville "rison and i was assistant when?
##Jesus, says 3
##? Billington eEecuted the awful murderer Toad 4mith?
The citi>en made a grab at the letter
##:old hard, says Joe, ?i have a s"ecial nack of "utting the noose once
in he canBt get out ho"ing to be favoured i remain, honoured sir, my
terms is five ginnees?
?: 1U=B5$', =&4TE1 B&1BE1?
##&nd a barbarous bloody barbarian he is too, says the citi>en
##&nd the dirty scrawl of the wretch, says Joe :ere, says he, take them
to hell out of my sight, &lf :ello, Bloom, says he, what will you haveC
4o they started arguing about the "oint, Bloom saying he wouldnBt and he
couldnBt and eEcuse him no offence and all to that and then he said well
heBd just take a cigar Gob, heBs a "rudent member and no mistake
##Give us one of your "rime stinkers, Terry, says Joe
&nd &lf was telling us there was one cha" sent in a mourning card with a
black border round it
##TheyBre all barbers, says he, from the black country that would hang
their own fathers for five Auid down and travelling eE"enses
&nd he was telling us thereBs two fellows waiting below to "ull his
heels down when he gets the dro" and choke him "ro"erly and then they
cho" u" the ro"e after and sell the bits for a few bob a skull
3n the dark land they bide, the vengeful knights of the ra>or Their
deadly coil they gras"% yea, and therein they lead to Erebus whatsoever
wight hath done a deed of blood for 3 will on nowise suffer it even so
saith the $ord
4o they started talking about ca"ital "unishment and of course Bloom
comes out with the why and the wherefore and all the codology of the
business and the old dog smelling him all the time 3Bm told those jewies
does have a sort of a Aueer odour coming off them for dogs about 3 donBt
know what all deterrent effect and so forth and so on
##ThereBs one thing it hasnBt a deterrent effect on, says &lf
##DhatBs thatC says Joe
##The "oor buggerBs tool thatBs being hanged, says &lf
##That soC says Joe
##GodBs truth, says &lf 3 heard that from the head warder that was in
<ilmainham when they hanged Joe Brady, the invincible :e told me when
they cut him down after the dro" it was standing u" in their faces like
a "oker
##1uling "assion strong in death, says Joe, as someone said
##That can be eE"lained by science, says Bloom 3tBs only a natural
"henomenon, donBt you see, because on account of the
&nd then he starts with his jawbreakers about "henomenon and science and
this "henomenon and the other "henomenon
The distinguished scientist :err Professor $uit"old Blumenduft tendered
medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous fracture of the
cervical vertebrae and conseAuent scission of the s"inal cord would,
according to the best a""roved tradition of medical science, be
calculated to inevitably "roduce in the human subject a violent
ganglionic stimulus of the nerve centres of the genital a""aratus,
thereby causing the elastic "ores of the ?cor"ora cavernosa? to ra"idly
dilate in such a way as to instantaneously facilitate the flow of blood
to that "art of the human anatomy known as the "enis or male organ
resulting in the "henomenon which has been denominated by the faculty
a morbid u"wards and outwards "hilo"rogenitive erection ?in articulo
mortis "er diminutionem ca"itis?
4o of course the citi>en was only waiting for the wink of the word and
he starts gassing out of him about the invincibles and the old guard and
the men of siEtyseven and who fears to s"eak of ninetyeight and Joe with
him about all the fellows that were hanged, drawn and trans"orted for
the cause by drumhead courtmartial and a new 3reland and new this, that
and the other Talking about new 3reland he ought to go and get a new
dog so he ought =angy ravenous brute sniffing and snee>ing all round
the "lace and scratching his scabs &nd round he goes to Bob 'oran that
was standing &lf a half one sucking u" for what he could get 4o of
course Bob 'oran starts doing the bloody fool with him%
##Give us the "aw@ Give the "aw, doggy@ Good old doggy@ Give the "aw
here@ Give us the "aw@
&rrah, bloody end to the "aw heBd "aw and &lf trying to kee" him from
tumbling off the bloody stool ato" of the bloody old dog and he talking
all kinds of drivel about training by kindness and thoroughbred dog and
intelligent dog% give you the bloody "i" Then he starts scra"ing a few
bits of old biscuit out of the bottom of a JacobsB tin he told Terry to
bring Gob, he gollo"ed it down like old boots and his tongue hanging
out of him a yard long for more ;ear ate the tin and all, hungry bloody
&nd the citi>en and Bloom having an argument about the "oint, the
brothers 4heares and Dolfe Tone beyond on &rbour :ill and 1obert Emmet
and die for your country, the Tommy =oore touch about 4ara 2urran and
sheBs far from the land &nd Bloom, of course, with his knockmedown
cigar "utting on swank with his lardy face Phenomenon@ The fat hea" he
married is a nice old "henomenon with a back on her like a ballalley
Time they were sto""ing u" in the ?2ity &rms? "isser Burke told me there
was an old one there with a cracked loodheramaun of a ne"hew and Bloom
trying to get the soft side of her doing the mollycoddle "laying bN>iAue
to come in for a bit of the wam"um in her will and not eating meat of a
9riday because the old one was always thum"ing her craw and taking the
lout out for a walk &nd one time he led him the rounds of 'ublin and,
by the holy farmer, he never cried crack till he brought him home as
drunk as a boiled owl and he said he did it to teach him the evils of
alcohol and by herrings, if the three women didnBt near roast him, itBs
a Aueer story, the old one, BloomBs wife and =rs 5B'owd that ke"t the
hotel Jesus, 3 had to laugh at "isser Burke taking them off chewing
the fat &nd Bloom with his ?but donBt you seeC? and ?but on the other
hand? &nd sure, more be token, the lout 3Bm told was in PowerBs after,
the blenderBs, round in 2o"e street going home footless in a cab five
times in the week after drinking his way through all the sam"les in the
bloody establishment Phenomenon@
##The memory of the dead, says the citi>en taking u" his "intglass and
glaring at Bloom
##&y, ay, says Joe
##!ou donBt gras" my "oint, says Bloom Dhat 3 mean is
##?4inn 9ein@? says the citi>en ?4inn 9ein amhain@? The friends we love
are by our side and the foes we hate before us
The last farewell was affecting in the eEtreme 9rom the belfries far
and near the funereal deathbell tolled unceasingly while all around the
gloomy "recincts rolled the ominous warning of a hundred muffled drums
"unctuated by the hollow booming of "ieces of ordnance The deafening
cla"s of thunder and the da>>ling flashes of lightning which lit u"
the ghastly scene testified that the artillery of heaven had lent its
su"ernatural "om" to the already gruesome s"ectacle & torrential rain
"oured down from the floodgates of the angry heavens u"on the
bared heads of the assembled multitude which numbered at the
lowest com"utation five hundred thousand "ersons & "osse of 'ublin
=etro"olitan "olice su"erintended by the 2hief 2ommissioner in "erson
maintained order in the vast throng for whom the !ork street brass and
reed band whiled away the intervening time by admirably rendering on
their blackdra"ed instruments the matchless melody endeared to us from
the cradle by 4"eran>aBs "laintive muse 4"ecial Auick eEcursion trains
and u"holstered charabancs had been "rovided for the comfort of our
country cousins of whom there were large contingents 2onsiderable
amusement was caused by the favourite 'ublin streetsingers $#n#h#n and
=#ll#g#n who sang ?The ;ight before $arry was stretched? in their usual
mirth#"rovoking fashion 5ur two inimitable drolls did a roaring trade
with their broadsheets among lovers of the comedy element and nobody
who has a corner in his heart for real 3rish fun without vulgarity
will grudge them their hardearned "ennies The children of the =ale and
9emale 9oundling :os"ital who thronged the windows overlooking the scene
were delighted with this uneE"ected addition to the dayBs entertainment
and a word of "raise is due to the $ittle 4isters of the Poor for their
eEcellent idea of affording the "oor fatherless and motherless children
a genuinely instructive treat The viceregal house"arty which included
many wellknown ladies was cha"eroned by Their EEcellencies to the most
favourable "ositions on the grandstand while the "icturesAue foreign
delegation known as the 9riends of the Emerald 3sle was accommodated
on a tribune directly o""osite The delegation, "resent in full force,
consisted of 2ommendatore Bacibaci Beninobenone Kthe semi"aralysed
?doyen? of the "arty who had to be assisted to his seat by the aid of a
"owerful steam craneL, =onsieur Pierre"aul PetitN"atant, the Grandjoker
Hladinmire Pokethankertscheff, the &rchjoker $eo"old 1udol"h von
4chwan>enbad#:odenthaler, 2ountess =arha HirZga <isZs>ony PutrZ"esthi,
:iram ! Bomboost, 2ount &thanatos <aramelo"ulos, &li Baba Backsheesh
1ahat $okum Effendi, 4enor :idalgo 2aballero 'on Pecadillo y Palabras
y Paternoster de la =alora de la =alaria, :oko"oko :arakiri, :i :ung
2hang, 5laf <obberkeddelsen, =ynheer Trik van Trum"s, Pan PoleaEe
Paddyrisky, Goose"ond Prhklstr <ratchinabritchisitch, Borus
:u"inkoff, :err :urhausdirektor"resident :ans 2huechli#4teuerli,
#generalhistorys"ecial"rofessordoctor <riegfried Ueberallgemein &ll the
delegates without eEce"tion eE"ressed themselves in the strongest
"ossible heterogeneous terms concerning the nameless barbarity which
they had been called u"on to witness &n animated altercation Kin which
all took "artL ensued among the 9 5 T E 3 as to whether the eighth
or the ninth of =arch was the correct date of the birth of 3relandBs
"atron saint 3n the course of the argument cannonballs, scimitars,
boomerangs, blunderbusses, stink"ots, meatcho""ers, umbrellas,
cata"ults, knuckledusters, sandbags, lum"s of "ig iron were resorted to
and blows were freely eEchanged The baby "oliceman, 2onstable
=ac9adden, summoned by s"ecial courier from Booterstown, Auickly
restored order and with lightning "rom"titude "ro"osed the seventeenth
of the month as a solution eAually honourable for both contending
"arties The readywitted ninefooterBs suggestion at once a""ealed to all
and was unanimously acce"ted 2onstable =ac9adden was heartily
congratulated by all the 95TE3, several of whom were bleeding
"rofusely 2ommendatore Beninobenone having been eEtricated from
underneath the "residential armchair, it was eE"lained by his legal
adviser &vvocato Pagamimi that the various articles secreted in his
thirtytwo "ockets had been abstracted by him during the affray from the
"ockets of his junior colleagues in the ho"e of bringing them to their
senses The objects Kwhich included several hundred ladiesB and
gentlemenBs gold and silver watchesL were "rom"tly restored to their
rightful owners and general harmony reigned su"reme
Guietly, unassumingly 1umbold ste""ed on to the scaffold in faultless
morning dress and wearing his favourite flower, the ?Gladiolus
2ruentus? :e announced his "resence by that gentle 1umboldian cough
which so many have tried KunsuccessfullyL to imitate##short,
"ainstaking yet withal so characteristic of the man The arrival of the
worldrenowned headsman was greeted by a roar of acclamation from the
huge concourse, the viceregal ladies waving their handkerchiefs in
their eEcitement while the even more eEcitable foreign delegates
cheered vociferously in a medley of cries, ?hoch, ban>ai, eljen, >ivio,
chinchin, "olla kronia, hi"hi", vive, &llah?, amid which the ringing
?evviva? of the delegate of the land of song Ka high double 9 recalling
those "iercingly lovely notes with which the eunuch 2atalani beglamoured
our greatgreatgrandmothersL was easily distinguishable 3t was eEactly
seventeen oBclock The signal for "rayer was then "rom"tly given by
mega"hone and in an instant all heads were bared, the commendatoreBs
"atriarchal sombrero, which has been in the "ossession of his family
since the revolution of 1ien>i, being removed by his medical adviser
in attendance, 'r Pi""i The learned "relate who administered the last
comforts of holy religion to the hero martyr when about to "ay the death
"enalty knelt in a most christian s"irit in a "ool of rainwater, his
cassock above his hoary head, and offered u" to the throne of grace
fervent "rayers of su""lication :and by the block stood the grim figure
of the eEecutioner, his visage being concealed in a tengallon "ot
with two circular "erforated a"ertures through which his eyes glowered
furiously &s he awaited the fatal signal he tested the edge of his
horrible wea"on by honing it u"on his brawny forearm or deca"itated
in ra"id succession a flock of shee" which had been "rovided by the
admirers of his fell but necessary office 5n a handsome mahogany table
near him were neatly arranged the Auartering knife, the various
finely tem"ered disembowelling a""liances Ks"ecially su""lied by the
worldfamous firm of cutlers, =essrs John 1ound and 4ons, 4heffieldL,
a terra cotta sauce"an for the rece"tion of the duodenum, colon,
blind intestine and a""endiE etc when successfully eEtracted and two
commodious milkjugs destined to receive the most "recious blood of the
most "recious victim The housesteward of the amalgamated catsB and
dogsB home was in attendance to convey these vessels when re"lenished
to that beneficent institution Guite an eEcellent re"ast consisting of
rashers and eggs, fried steak and onions, done to a nicety, delicious
hot breakfast rolls and invigorating tea had been considerately "rovided
by the authorities for the consum"tion of the central figure of the
tragedy who was in ca"ital s"irits when "re"ared for death and evinced
the keenest interest in the "roceedings from beginning to end but he,
with an abnegation rare in these our times, rose nobly to the occasion
and eE"ressed the dying wish Kimmediately acceded toL that the meal
should be divided in aliAuot "arts among the members of the sick and
indigent roomkee"ersB association as a token of his regard and esteem
The ?nec? and ?non "lus ultra? of emotion were reached when the blushing
bride elect burst her way through the serried ranks of the bystanders
and flung herself u"on the muscular bosom of him who was about to be
launched into eternity for her sake The hero folded her willowy form in
a loving embrace murmuring fondly ?4heila, my own? Encouraged by
this use of her christian name she kissed "assionately all the various
suitable areas of his "erson which the decencies of "rison garb
"ermitted her ardour to reach 4he swore to him as they mingled the salt
streams of their tears that she would ever cherish his memory, that she
would never forget her hero boy who went to his death with a song on his
li"s as if he were but going to a hurling match in 2lonturk "ark 4he
brought back to his recollection the ha""y days of blissful childhood
together on the banks of &nna $iffey when they had indulged in the
innocent "astimes of the young and, oblivious of the dreadful "resent,
they both laughed heartily, all the s"ectators, including the venerable
"astor, joining in the general merriment That monster audience sim"ly
rocked with delight But anon they were overcome with grief and clas"ed
their hands for the last time & fresh torrent of tears burst from their
lachrymal ducts and the vast concourse of "eo"le, touched to the inmost
core, broke into heartrending sobs, not the least affected being the
aged "rebendary himself Big strong men, officers of the "eace and
genial giants of the royal 3rish constabulary, were making frank use of
their handkerchiefs and it is safe to say that there was not a dry eye
in that record assemblage & most romantic incident occurred when a
handsome young 5Eford graduate, noted for his chivalry towards the fair
seE, ste""ed forward and, "resenting his visiting card, bankbook
and genealogical tree, solicited the hand of the ha"less young lady,
reAuesting her to name the day, and was acce"ted on the s"ot Every lady
in the audience was "resented with a tasteful souvenir of the occasion
in the sha"e of a skull and crossbones brooch, a timely and generous
act which evoked a fresh outburst of emotion% and when the gallant young
5Eonian Kthe bearer, by the way, of one of the most timehonoured names
in &lbionBs historyL "laced on the finger of his blushing ?fiancNe? an
eE"ensive engagement ring with emeralds set in the form of a
fourleaved shamrock the eEcitement knew no bounds ;ay, even the
ster "rovostmarshal, lieutenantcolonel Tomkin#=aEwell ffrenchmullan
Tomlinson, who "resided on the sad occasion, he who had blown a
considerable number of se"oys from the cannonmouth without flinching,
could not now restrain his natural emotion Dith his mailed gauntlet
he brushed away a furtive tear and was overheard, by those "rivileged
burghers who ha""ened to be in his immediate ?entourage,? to murmur to
himself in a faltering undertone%
##God blimey if she aint a clinker, that there bleeding tart Blimey it
makes me kind of bleeding cry, straight, it does, when 3 sees her cause
3 thinks of my old mashtub whatBs waiting for me down $imehouse way
4o then the citi>en begins talking about the 3rish language and the
cor"oration meeting and all to that and the shoneens that canBt s"eak
their own language and Joe chi""ing in because he stuck someone for a
Auid and Bloom "utting in his old goo with his two"enny stum" that
he cadged off of Joe and talking about the Gaelic league and the
antitreating league and drink, the curse of 3reland &ntitreating is
about the si>e of it Gob, heBd let you "our all manner of drink down
his throat till the $ord would call him before youBd ever see the froth
of his "int &nd one night 3 went in with a fellow into one of their
musical evenings, song and dance about she could get u" on a truss of
hay she could my =aureen $ay and there was a fellow with a Ballyhooly
blue ribbon badge s"iffing out of him in 3rish and a lot of colleen
bawns going about with tem"erance beverages and selling medals
and oranges and lemonade and a few old dry buns, gob, flahoolagh
entertainment, donBt be talking 3reland sober is 3reland free &nd
then an old fellow starts blowing into his bag"i"es and all the gougers
shuffling their feet to the tune the old cow died of &nd one or two
sky "ilots having an eye around that there was no goings on with the
females, hitting below the belt
4o howandever, as 3 was saying, the old dog seeing the tin was em"ty
starts mousing around by Joe and me 3Bd train him by kindness, so 3
would, if he was my dog Give him a rousing fine kick now and again
where it wouldnBt blind him
##&fraid heBll bite youC says the citi>en, jeering
##;o, says 3 But he might take my leg for a lam""ost
4o he calls the old dog over
##DhatBs on you, GarryC says he
Then he starts hauling and mauling and talking to him in 3rish and the
old towser growling, letting on to answer, like a duet in the o"era
4uch growling you never heard as they let off between them 4omeone that
has nothing better to do ought to write a letter ?"ro bono "ublico? to
the "a"ers about the mu>>ling order for a dog the like of that Growling
and grousing and his eye all bloodshot from the drouth is in it and the
hydro"hobia dro""ing out of his jaws
&ll those who are interested in the s"read of human culture among the
lower animals Kand their name is legionL should make a "oint of not
missing the really marvellous eEhibition of cynanthro"y given by the
famous old 3rish red setter wolfdog formerly known by the ?sobriAuet? of
Garryowen and recently rechristened by his large circle of friends and
acAuaintances 5wen Garry The eEhibition, which is the result of years
of training by kindness and a carefully thoughtout dietary system,
com"rises, among other achievements, the recitation of verse 5ur
greatest living "honetic eE"ert Kwild horses shall not drag it from us@L
has left no stone unturned in his efforts to delucidate and com"are
the verse recited and has found it bears a ?striking? resemblance Kthe
italics are oursL to the ranns of ancient 2eltic bards De are not
s"eaking so much of those delightful lovesongs with which the writer who
conceals his identity under the graceful "seudonym of the $ittle
4weet Branch has familiarised the bookloving world but rather Kas
a contributor ' 5 2 "oints out in an interesting communication
"ublished by an evening contem"oraryL of the harsher and more "ersonal
note which is found in the satirical effusions of the famous 1aftery and
of 'onal =ac2onsidine to say nothing of a more modern lyrist at "resent
very much in the "ublic eye De subjoin a s"ecimen which has been
rendered into English by an eminent scholar whose name for the moment we
are not at liberty to disclose though we believe that our readers will
find the to"ical allusion rather more than an indication The metrical
system of the canine original, which recalls the intricate alliterative
and isosyllabic rules of the Delsh englyn, is infinitely more
com"licated but we believe our readers will agree that the s"irit has
been well caught Perha"s it should be added that the effect is greatly
increased if 5wenBs verse be s"oken somewhat slowly and indistinctly in
a tone suggestive of su""ressed rancour
?The curse of my curses
4even days every day
&nd seven dry Thursdays
5n you, Barney <iernan,
:as no su" of water
To cool my courage,
&nd my guts red roaring
&fter $owryBs lights?
4o he told Terry to bring some water for the dog and, gob, you could
hear him la""ing it u" a mile off &nd Joe asked him would he have
##3 will, says he, ?a chara?, to show thereBs no ill feeling
Gob, heBs not as green as heBs cabbagelooking &rsing around from one
"ub to another, leaving it to your own honour, with old Giltra"Bs dog
and getting fed u" by the rate"ayers and cor"orators Entertainment for
man and beast &nd says Joe%
##2ould you make a hole in another "intC
##2ould a swim duckC says 3
##4ame again, Terry, says Joe &re you sure you wonBt have anything in
the way of liAuid refreshmentC says he
##Thank you, no, says Bloom &s a matter of fact 3 just wanted to meet
=artin 2unningham, donBt you see, about this insurance of "oor 'ignamBs
=artin asked me to go to the house !ou see, he, 'ignam, 3 mean, didnBt
serve any notice of the assignment on the com"any at the time and
nominally under the act the mortgagee canBt recover on the "olicy
##:oly Dars, says Joe, laughing, thatBs a good one if old 4hylock is
landed 4o the wife comes out to" dog, whatC
##Dell, thatBs a "oint, says Bloom, for the wifeBs admirers
##Dhose admirersC says Joe
##The wifeBs advisers, 3 mean, says Bloom
Then he starts all confused mucking it u" about mortgagor under the act
like the lord chancellor giving it out on the bench and for the benefit
of the wife and that a trust is created but on the other hand that
'ignam owed Bridgeman the money and if now the wife or the widow
contested the mortgageeBs right till he near had the head of me addled
with his mortgagor under the act :e was bloody safe he wasnBt run in
himself under the act that time as a rogue and vagabond only he had a
friend in court 4elling ba>aar tickets or what do you call it royal
:ungarian "rivileged lottery True as youBre there 5, commend me to an
israelite@ 1oyal and "rivileged :ungarian robbery
4o Bob 'oran comes lurching around asking Bloom to tell =rs 'ignam he
was sorry for her trouble and he was very sorry about the funeral and
to tell her that he said and everyone who knew him said that there was
never a truer, a finer than "oor little Dilly thatBs dead to tell her
2hoking with bloody foolery &nd shaking BloomBs hand doing the tragic
to tell her that 4hake hands, brother !ouBre a rogue and 3Bm another
##$et me, said he, so far "resume u"on our acAuaintance which, however
slight it may a""ear if judged by the standard of mere time, is founded,
as 3 ho"e and believe, on a sentiment of mutual esteem as to reAuest of
you this favour But, should 3 have overste""ed the limits of reserve
let the sincerity of my feelings be the eEcuse for my boldness
##;o, rejoined the other, 3 a""reciate to the full the motives which
actuate your conduct and 3 shall discharge the office you entrust to
me consoled by the reflection that, though the errand be one of sorrow,
this "roof of your confidence sweetens in some measure the bitterness of
the cu"
##Then suffer me to take your hand, said he The goodness of your heart,
3 feel sure, will dictate to you better than my inadeAuate words
the eE"ressions which are most suitable to convey an emotion whose
"oignancy, were 3 to give vent to my feelings, would de"rive me even of
&nd off with him and out trying to walk straight Boosed at five
oBclock ;ight he was near being lagged only Paddy $eonard knew the
bobby, (.& Blind to the world u" in a shebeen in Bride street after
closing time, fornicating with two shawls and a bully on guard, drinking
"orter out of teacu"s &nd calling himself a 9renchy for the shawls,
Jose"h =anuo, and talking against the 2atholic religion, and he serving
mass in &dam and EveBs when he was young with his eyes shut, who wrote
the new testament, and the old testament, and hugging and smugging &nd
the two shawls killed with the laughing, "icking his "ockets, the bloody
fool and he s"illing the "orter all over the bed and the two shawls
screeching laughing at one another ?:ow is your testamentC :ave you got
an old testamentC? 5nly Paddy was "assing there, 3 tell you what Then
see him of a 4unday with his little concubine of a wife, and she wagging
her tail u" the aisle of the cha"el with her "atent boots on her, no
less, and her violets, nice as "ie, doing the little lady Jack =ooneyBs
sister &nd the old "rostitute of a mother "rocuring rooms to street
cou"les Gob, Jack made him toe the line Told him if he didnBt "atch u"
the "ot, Jesus, heBd kick the shite out of him
4o Terry brought the three "ints
##:ere, says Joe, doing the honours :ere, citi>en
##?4lan leat?, says he
##9ortune, Joe, says 3 Good health, citi>en
Gob, he had his mouth half way down the tumbler already Dant a small
fortune to kee" him in drinks
##Dho is the long fellow running for the mayoralty, &lfC says Joe
##9riend of yours, says &lf
##;annanC says Joe The mimberC
##3 wonBt mention any names, says &lf
##3 thought so, says Joe 3 saw him u" at that meeting now with Dilliam
9ield, = P, the cattle traders
##:airy 3o"as, says the citi>en, that eE"loded volcano, the darling of
all countries and the idol of his own
4o Joe starts telling the citi>en about the foot and mouth disease
and the cattle traders and taking action in the matter and the citi>en
sending them all to the rightabout and Bloom coming out with his
shee"di" for the scab and a hoose drench for coughing calves and the
guaranteed remedy for timber tongue Because he was u" one time in a
knackerBs yard Dalking about with his book and "encil hereBs my head
and my heels are coming till Joe 2uffe gave him the order of the boot
for giving li" to a gra>ier =ister <nowall Teach your grandmother how
to milk ducks Pisser Burke was telling me in the hotel the wife used
to be in rivers of tears some times with =rs 5B'owd crying her eyes out
with her eight inches of fat all over her 2ouldnBt loosen her farting
strings but old codBs eye was walt>ing around her showing her how to do
it DhatBs your "rogramme todayC &y :umane methods Because the "oor
animals suffer and eE"erts say and the best known remedy that doesnBt
cause "ain to the animal and on the sore s"ot administer gently Gob,
heBd have a soft hand under a hen
Ga Ga Gara <look <look <look Black $i> is our hen 4he lays eggs for
us Dhen she lays her egg she is so glad Gara <look <look <look Then
comes good uncle $eo :e "uts his hand under black $i> and takes her
fresh egg Ga ga ga ga Gara <look <look <look
##&nyhow, says Joe, 9ield and ;annetti are going over tonight to $ondon
to ask about it on the floor of the house of commons
##&re you sure, says Bloom, the councillor is goingC 3 wanted to see
him, as it ha""ens
##Dell, heBs going off by the mailboat, says Joe, tonight
##ThatBs too bad, says Bloom 3 wanted "articularly Perha"s only =r
9ield is going 3 couldnBt "hone ;o !ouBre sureC
##;annanBs going too, says Joe The league told him to ask a Auestion
tomorrow about the commissioner of "olice forbidding 3rish games in the
"ark Dhat do you think of that, citi>enC ?The 4luagh na h#Eireann?
=r 2owe 2onacre K=ultifarnham ;atL% &rising out of the Auestion of
my honourable friend, the member for 4hillelagh, may 3 ask the right
honourable gentleman whether the government has issued orders that these
animals shall be slaughtered though no medical evidence is forthcoming
as to their "athological conditionC
=r &llfours KTamoshant 2onL% :onourable members are already in
"ossession of the evidence "roduced before a committee of the whole
house 3 feel 3 cannot usefully add anything to that The answer to the
honourable memberBs Auestion is in the affirmative
=r 5relli 5B1eilly K=ontenotte ;atL% :ave similar orders been issued
for the slaughter of human animals who dare to "lay 3rish games in the
PhoeniE "arkC
=r &llfours% The answer is in the negative
=r 2owe 2onacre% :as the right honourable gentlemanBs famous
=itchelstown telegram ins"ired the "olicy of gentlemen on the Treasury
benchC K5@ 5@L
=r &llfours% 3 must have notice of that Auestion
=r 4taylewit KBuncombe 3ndL% 'onBt hesitate to shoot
K3ronical o""osition cheersL
The s"eaker% 5rder@ 5rder@
KThe house rises 2heersL
##ThereBs the man, says Joe, that made the Gaelic s"orts revival There
he is sitting there The man that got away James 4te"hens The cham"ion
of all 3reland at "utting the siEteen "ound shot Dhat was your best
throw, citi>enC
##?;a bacleis?, says the citi>en, letting on to be modest There was a
time 3 was as good as the neEt fellow anyhow
##Put it there, citi>en, says Joe !ou were and a bloody sight better
##3s that really a factC says &lf
##!es, says Bloom ThatBs well known 'id you not know thatC
4o off they started about 3rish s"orts and shoneen games the like of
lawn tennis and about hurley and "utting the stone and racy of the soil
and building u" a nation once again and all to that &nd of course Bloom
had to have his say too about if a fellow had a rowerBs heart violent
eEercise was bad 3 declare to my antimacassar if you took u" a straw
from the bloody floor and if you said to Bloom% ?$ook at, Bloom 'o you
see that strawC ThatBs a straw? 'eclare to my aunt heBd talk about it
for an hour so he would and talk steady
& most interesting discussion took "lace in the ancient hall of ?Brian
5BciarnainBs? in ?4raid na Bretaine Bheag?, under the aus"ices of
?4luagh na h#Eireann?, on the revival of ancient Gaelic s"orts and the
im"ortance of "hysical culture, as understood in ancient Greece and
ancient 1ome and ancient 3reland, for the develo"ment of the race
The venerable "resident of the noble order was in the chair and the
attendance was of large dimensions &fter an instructive discourse by
the chairman, a magnificent oration eloAuently and forcibly eE"ressed,
a most interesting and instructive discussion of the usual high standard
of eEcellence ensued as to the desirability of the revivability of
the ancient games and s"orts of our ancient Panceltic forefathers The
wellknown and highly res"ected worker in the cause of our old tongue, =r
Jose"h =B2arthy :ynes, made an eloAuent a""eal for the resuscitation of
the ancient Gaelic s"orts and "astimes, "ractised morning and evening
by 9inn =ac2ool, as calculated to revive the best traditions of manly
strength and "rowess handed down to us from ancient ages $ Bloom, who
met with a miEed rece"tion of a""lause and hisses, having es"oused the
negative the vocalist chairman brought the discussion to a close, in
res"onse to re"eated reAuests and hearty "laudits from all "arts of
a bum"er house, by a remarkably noteworthy rendering of the immortal
Thomas 5sborne 'avisB evergreen verses Kha""ily too familiar to need
recalling hereL ?& nation once again? in the eEecution of which the
veteran "atriot cham"ion may be said without fear of contradiction
to have fairly eEcelled himself The 3rish 2aruso#Garibaldi was in
su"erlative form and his stentorian notes were heard to the greatest
advantage in the timehonoured anthem sung as only our citi>en can sing
it :is su"erb highclass vocalism, which by its su"erAuality greatly
enhanced his already international re"utation, was vociferously
a""lauded by the large audience among which were to be noticed many
"rominent members of the clergy as well as re"resentatives of the "ress
and the bar and the other learned "rofessions The "roceedings then
&mongst the clergy "resent were the very rev Dilliam 'elany, 4 J, $
$ 'M the rt rev Gerald =olloy, ' 'M the rev P J <avanagh, 2 4
4"M the rev T Daters, 2 2M the rev John = 3vers, P PM the rev
P J 2leary, 5 4 9M the rev $ J :ickey, 5 PM the very rev 9r
;icholas, 5 4 9 2M the very rev B Gorman, 5 ' 2M the rev T
=aher, 4 JM the very rev James =ur"hy, 4 JM the rev John $avery,
H 9M the very rev Dilliam 'oherty, ' 'M the rev Peter 9agan, 5
=M the rev T Brangan, 5 4 &M the rev J 9lavin, 2 2M the
rev = & :ackett, 2 2M the rev D :urley, 2 2M the rt rev =gr
=B=anus, H GM the rev B 1 4lattery, 5 = 3M the very rev =
' 4cally, P PM the rev 9 T Purcell, 5 PM the very rev Timothy
canon Gorman, P PM the rev J 9lanagan, 2 2 The laity included P
9ay, T Guirke, etc, etc
##Talking about violent eEercise, says &lf, were you at that
<eogh#Bennett matchC
##;o, says Joe
##3 heard 4o and 4o made a cool hundred Auid over it, says &lf
##DhoC Bla>esC says Joe
&nd says Bloom%
##Dhat 3 meant about tennis, for eEam"le, is the agility and training
the eye
##&y, Bla>es, says &lf :e let out that =yler was on the beer to run u"
the odds and he swatting all the time
##De know him, says the citi>en The traitorBs son De know what "ut
English gold in his "ocket
###True for you, says Joe
&nd Bloom cuts in again about lawn tennis and the circulation of the
blood, asking &lf%
##;ow, donBt you think, BerganC
##=yler dusted the floor with him, says &lf :eenan and 4ayers was only
a bloody fool to it :anded him the father and mother of a beating 4ee
the little ki""er not u" to his navel and the big fellow swi"ing God,
he gave him one last "uck in the wind, Gueensberry rules and all, made
him "uke what he never ate
3t was a historic and a hefty battle when =yler and Percy were scheduled
to don the gloves for the "urse of fifty sovereigns :andica""ed as he
was by lack of "oundage, 'ublinBs "et lamb made u" for it by su"erlative
skill in ringcraft The final bout of fireworks was a gruelling for both
cham"ions The welterweight sergeantmajor had ta""ed some lively claret
in the "revious miEu" during which <eogh had been receivergeneral of
rights and lefts, the artilleryman "utting in some neat work on the
"etBs nose, and =yler came on looking groggy The soldier got to
business, leading off with a "owerful left jab to which the 3rish
gladiator retaliated by shooting out a stiff one flush to the "oint of
BennettBs jaw The redcoat ducked but the 'ubliner lifted him with a
left hook, the body "unch being a fine one The men came to handigri"s
=yler Auickly became busy and got his man under, the bout ending with
the bulkier man on the ro"es, =yler "unishing him The Englishman, whose
right eye was nearly closed, took his corner where he was liberally
drenched with water and when the bell went came on gamey and brimful of
"luck, confident of knocking out the fistic Eblanite in jigtime 3t was
a fight to a finish and the best man for it The two fought like tigers
and eEcitement ran fever high The referee twice cautioned Pucking Percy
for holding but the "et was tricky and his footwork a treat to watch
&fter a brisk eEchange of courtesies during which a smart u""er cut of
the military man brought blood freely from his o""onentBs mouth the
lamb suddenly waded in all over his man and landed a terrific left to
Battling BennettBs stomach, flooring him flat 3t was a knockout clean
and clever &mid tense eE"ectation the Portobello bruiser was being
counted out when BennettBs second 5le Pfotts Dettstein threw in the
towel and the 4antry boy was declared victor to the fren>ied cheers of
the "ublic who broke through the ringro"es and fairly mobbed him with
##:e knows which side his bread is buttered, says &lf 3 hear heBs
running a concert tour now u" in the north
##:e is, says Joe 3snBt heC
##DhoC says Bloom &h, yes ThatBs Auite true !es, a kind of summer
tour, you see Just a holiday
##=rs B is the bright "articular star, isnBt sheC says Joe
##=y wifeC says Bloom 4heBs singing, yes 3 think it will be a success
:eBs an eEcellent man to organise EEcellent
:oho begob says 3 to myself says 3 That eE"lains the milk in the
cocoanut and absence of hair on the animalBs chest Bla>es doing the
tootle on the flute 2oncert tour 'irty 'an the dodgerBs son off 3sland
bridge that sold the same horses twice over to the government to fight
the Boers 5ld Dhatwhat 3 called about the "oor and water rate, =r
Boylan !ou whatC The water rate, =r Boylan !ou whatwhatC ThatBs the
bucko thatBll organise her, take my ti" BTwiEt me and you 2addareesh
Pride of 2al"eBs rocky mount, the ravenhaired daughter of Tweedy There
grew she to "eerless beauty where loAuat and almond scent the air The
gardens of &lameda knew her ste"% the garths of olives knew and bowed
The chaste s"ouse of $eo"old is she% =arion of the bountiful bosoms
&nd lo, there entered one of the clan of the 5B=olloyBs, a comely hero
of white face yet withal somewhat ruddy, his majestyBs counsel learned
in the law, and with him the "rince and heir of the noble line of
##:ello, ;ed
##:ello, &lf
##:ello, Jack
##:ello, Joe
##God save you, says the citi>en
##4ave you kindly, says J J DhatBll it be, ;edC
##:alf one, says ;ed
4o J J ordered the drinks
##Dere you round at the courtC says Joe
##!es, says J J :eBll sAuare that, ;ed, says he
##:o"e so, says ;ed
;ow what were those two atC J J getting him off the grand jury list
and the other give him a leg over the stile Dith his name in 4tubbsBs
Playing cards, hobnobbing with flash toffs with a swank glass in their
eye, adrinking fi>> and he half smothered in writs and garnishee orders
Pawning his gold watch in 2ummins of 9rancis street where no#one would
know him in the "rivate office when 3 was there with Pisser releasing
his boots out of the "o" DhatBs your name, sirC 'unne, says he &y, and
done says 3 Gob, heBll come home by wee"ing cross one of those days,
3Bm thinking
##'id you see that bloody lunatic Breen round thereC says &lf U "% u"
##!es, says J J $ooking for a "rivate detective
##&y, says ;ed &nd he wanted right go wrong to address the court only
2orny <elleher got round him telling him to get the handwriting eEamined
##Ten thousand "ounds, says &lf, laughing God, 3Bd give anything to
hear him before a judge and jury
##Das it you did it, &lfC says Joe The truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth, so hel" you Jimmy Johnson
##=eC says &lf 'onBt cast your nasturtiums on my character
##Dhatever statement you make, says Joe, will be taken down in evidence
against you
##5f course an action would lie, says J J 3t im"lies that he is not
?com"os mentis? U "% u"
?##2om"os? your eye@ says &lf, laughing 'o you know that heBs balmyC
$ook at his head 'o you know that some mornings he has to get his hat
on with a shoehorn
##!es, says J J, but the truth of a libel is no defence to an
indictment for "ublishing it in the eyes of the law
##:a ha, &lf, says Joe
##4till, says Bloom, on account of the "oor woman, 3 mean his wife
##Pity about her, says the citi>en 5r any other woman marries a half
and half
##:ow half and halfC says Bloom 'o you mean he
##:alf and half 3 mean, says the citi>en & fellow thatBs neither fish
nor flesh
##;or good red herring, says Joe
##That whatBs 3 mean, says the citi>en & "ishogue, if you know what
that is
Begob 3 saw there was trouble coming &nd Bloom eE"laining he meant on
account of it being cruel for the wife having to go round after the
old stuttering fool 2ruelty to animals so it is to let that bloody
"overtystricken Breen out on grass with his beard out tri""ing him,
bringing down the rain &nd she with her nose cockahoo" after she
married him because a cousin of his old fellowBs was "ewo"ener to the
"o"e Picture of him on the wall with his 4mashall 4weeneyBs moustaches,
the signior Brini from 4ummerhill, the eyetallyano, "a"al Fouave to the
:oly 9ather, has left the Auay and gone to =oss street &nd who was
he, tell usC & nobody, two "air back and "assages, at seven shillings a
week, and he covered with all kinds of breast"lates bidding defiance to
the world
##&nd moreover, says J J, a "ostcard is "ublication 3t was held to
be sufficient evidence of malice in the testcase 4adgrove v :ole 3n my
o"inion an action might lie
4iE and eight"ence, "lease Dho wants your o"inionC $et us drink our
"ints in "eace Gob, we wonBt be let even do that much itself
##Dell, good health, Jack, says ;ed
##Good health, ;ed, says J J
###There he is again, says Joe
##DhereC says &lf
&nd begob there he was "assing the door with his books under his oEter
and the wife beside him and 2orny <elleher with his wall eye looking in
as they went "ast, talking to him like a father, trying to sell him a
secondhand coffin
##:ow did that 2anada swindle case go offC says Joe
##1emanded, says J J
5ne of the bottlenosed fraternity it was went by the name of James
Dought alias 4a"hiro alias 4"ark and 4"iro, "ut an ad in the "a"ers
saying heBd give a "assage to 2anada for twenty bob DhatC 'o you see
any green in the white of my eyeC 2ourse it was a bloody barney DhatC
4windled them all, skivvies and badhachs from the county =eath, ay, and
his own kidney too J J was telling us there was an ancient :ebrew
Faretsky or something wee"ing in the witnessboE with his hat on him,
swearing by the holy =oses he was stuck for two Auid
##Dho tried the caseC says Joe
##1ecorder, says ;ed
##Poor old sir 9rederick, says &lf, you can cod him u" to the two eyes
##:eart as big as a lion, says ;ed Tell him a tale of woe about arrears
of rent and a sick wife and a sAuad of kids and, faith, heBll dissolve
in tears on the bench
##&y, says &lf 1euben J was bloody lucky he didnBt cla" him in the dock
the other day for suing "oor little Gumley thatBs minding stones, for
the cor"oration there near Butt bridge
&nd he starts taking off the old recorder letting on to cry%
##& most scandalous thing@ This "oor hardworking man@ :ow many childrenC
Ten, did you sayC
##!es, your worshi" &nd my wife has the ty"hoid
##&nd the wife with ty"hoid fever@ 4candalous@ $eave the court
immediately, sir ;o, sir, 3Bll make no order for "ayment :ow dare you,
sir, come u" before me and ask me to make an order@ & "oor hardworking
industrious man@ 3 dismiss the case
&nd whereas on the siEteenth day of the month of the oEeyed goddess and
in the third week after the feastday of the :oly and Undivided Trinity,
the daughter of the skies, the virgin moon being then in her first
Auarter, it came to "ass that those learned judges re"aired them to the
halls of law There master 2ourtenay, sitting in his own chamber, gave
his rede and master Justice &ndrews, sitting without a jury in the
"robate court, weighed well and "ondered the claim of the first
chargeant u"on the "ro"erty in the matter of the will "ro"ounded and
final testamentary dis"osition ?in re? the real and "ersonal estate of
the late lamented Jacob :alliday, vintner, deceased, versus $ivingstone,
an infant, of unsound mind, and another &nd to the solemn court of
Green street there came sir 9rederick the 9alconer &nd he sat him there
about the hour of five oBclock to administer the law of the brehons at
the commission for all that and those "arts to be holden in and for the
county of the city of 'ublin &nd there sat with him the high sinhedrim
of the twelve tribes of 3ar, for every tribe one man, of the tribe of
Patrick and of the tribe of :ugh and of the tribe of 5wen and of the
tribe of 2onn and of the tribe of 5scar and of the tribe of 9ergus and
of the tribe of 9inn and of the tribe of 'ermot and of the tribe of
2ormac and of the tribe of <evin and of the tribe of 2aolte and of the
tribe of 5ssian, there being in all twelve good men and true &nd he
conjured them by :im who died on rood that they should well and
truly try and true deliverance make in the issue joined between their
sovereign lord the king and the "risoner at the bar and true verdict
give according to the evidence so hel" them God and kiss the book &nd
they rose in their seats, those twelve of 3ar, and they swore by
the name of :im Dho is from everlasting that they would do :is
rightwiseness &nd straightway the minions of the law led forth from
their donjon kee" one whom the sleuthhounds of justice had a""rehended
in conseAuence of information received &nd they shackled him hand and
foot and would take of him ne bail ne main"rise but "referred a charge
against him for he was a malefactor
##Those are nice things, says the citi>en, coming over here to 3reland
filling the country with bugs
4o Bloom lets on he heard nothing and he starts talking with Joe,
telling him he neednBt trouble about that little matter till the first
but if he would just say a word to =r 2rawford &nd so Joe swore high
and holy by this and by that heBd do the devil and all
##Because, you see, says Bloom, for an advertisement you must have
re"etition ThatBs the whole secret
##1ely on me, says Joe
##4windling the "easants, says the citi>en, and the "oor of 3reland De
want no more strangers in our house
##5, 3Bm sure that will be all right, :ynes, says Bloom 3tBs just that
<eyes, you see
##2onsider that done, says Joe
##Hery kind of you, says Bloom
##The strangers, says the citi>en 5ur own fault De let them come in
De brought them in The adulteress and her "aramour brought the 4aEon
robbers here
##'ecree ?nisi,? says J J
&nd Bloom letting on to be awfully dee"ly interested in nothing, a
s"iderBs web in the corner behind the barrel, and the citi>en scowling
after him and the old dog at his feet looking u" to know who to bite and
##& dishonoured wife, says the citi>en, thatBs whatBs the cause of all
our misfortunes
##&nd here she is, says &lf, that was giggling over the ?Police Ga>ette?
with Terry on the counter, in all her war"aint
##Give us a sAuint at her, says 3
&nd what was it only one of the smutty yankee "ictures Terry borrows off
of 2orny <elleher 4ecrets for enlarging your "rivate "arts =isconduct
of society belle ;orman D Tu""er, wealthy 2hicago contractor, finds
"retty but faithless wife in la" of officer Taylor Belle in her
bloomers misconducting herself, and her fancyman feeling for her tickles
and ;orman D Tu""er bouncing in with his "eashooter just in time to be
late after she doing the trick of the loo" with officer Taylor
##5 jakers, Jenny, says Joe, how short your shirt is@
##ThereBs hair, Joe, says 3 Get a Aueer old tailend of corned beef off
of that one, whatC
4o anyhow in came John Dyse ;olan and $enehan with him with a face on
him as long as a late breakfast
##Dell, says the citi>en, whatBs the latest from the scene of actionC
Dhat did those tinkers in the city hall at their caucus meeting decide
about the 3rish languageC
5B;olan, clad in shining armour, low bending made obeisance to the
"uissant and high and mighty chief of all Erin and did him to wit of
that which had befallen, how that the grave elders of the most obedient
city, second of the realm, had met them in the tholsel, and there, after
due "rayers to the gods who dwell in ether su"ernal, had taken solemn
counsel whereby they might, if so be it might be, bring once more into
honour among mortal men the winged s"eech of the seadivided Gael
##3tBs on the march, says the citi>en To hell with the bloody brutal
4assenachs and their ?"atois?
4o J J "uts in a word, doing the toff about one story was good till
you heard another and blinking facts and the ;elson "olicy, "utting your
blind eye to the telesco"e and drawing u" a bill of attainder to im"each
a nation, and Bloom trying to back him u" moderation and botheration and
their colonies and their civilisation
##Their sy"hilisation, you mean, says the citi>en To hell with
them@ The curse of a goodfornothing God light sideways on the bloody
thicklugged sons of whoresB gets@ ;o music and no art and no literature
worthy of the name &ny civilisation they have they stole from us
Tonguetied sons of bastardsB ghosts
##The Euro"ean family, says J J
##TheyBre not Euro"ean, says the citi>en 3 was in Euro"e with <evin
Egan of Paris !ou wouldnBt see a trace of them or their language
anywhere in Euro"e eEce"t in a ?cabinet dBaisance?
&nd says John Dyse%
##9ull many a flower is born to blush unseen
&nd says $enehan that knows a bit of the lingo%
##?2ons"ue> les &nglais@ Perfide &lbion@?
:e said and then lifted he in his rude great brawny strengthy hands the
medher of dark strong foamy ale and, uttering his tribal slogan ?$amh
'earg &bu?, he drank to the undoing of his foes, a race of mighty
valorous heroes, rulers of the waves, who sit on thrones of alabaster
silent as the deathless gods
##DhatBs u" with you, says 3 to $enehan !ou look like a fellow that had
lost a bob and found a tanner
##Gold cu", says he
##Dho won, =r $enehanC says Terry
?##Throwaway,? says he, at twenty to one & rank outsider &nd the rest
##&nd BassBs mareC says Terry
##4till running, says he DeBre all in a cart Boylan "lunged two Auid
on my ti" ?4ce"tre? for himself and a lady friend
##3 had half a crown myself, says Terry, on ?Finfandel? that =r 9lynn
gave me $ord :oward de DaldenBs
##Twenty to one, says $enehan 4uch is life in an outhouse ?Throwaway,?
says he Takes the biscuit, and talking about bunions 9railty, thy name
is ?4ce"tre?
4o he went over to the biscuit tin Bob 'oran left to see if there was
anything he could lift on the nod, the old cur after him backing his
luck with his mangy snout u" 5ld =other :ubbard went to the cu"board
##;ot there, my child, says he
##<ee" your "ecker u", says Joe 4heBd have won the money only for the
other dog
&nd J J and the citi>en arguing about law and history with Bloom
sticking in an odd word
##4ome "eo"le, says Bloom, can see the mote in othersB eyes but they
canBt see the beam in their own
##?1aimeis?, says the citi>en ThereBs no#one as blind as the fellow
that wonBt see, if you know what that means Dhere are our missing
twenty millions of 3rish should be here today instead of four, our lost
tribesC &nd our "otteries and teEtiles, the finest in the whole world@
&nd our wool that was sold in 1ome in the time of Juvenal and our flaE
and our damask from the looms of &ntrim and our $imerick lace, our
tanneries and our white flint glass down there by Ballybough and our
:uguenot "o"lin that we have since JacAuard de $yon and our woven silk
and our 9oEford tweeds and ivory raised "oint from the 2armelite convent
in ;ew 1oss, nothing like it in the whole wide world Dhere are the
Greek merchants that came through the "illars of :ercules, the Gibraltar
now grabbed by the foe of mankind, with gold and Tyrian "ur"le to
sell in DeEford at the fair of 2armenC 1ead Tacitus and Ptolemy, even
Giraldus 2ambrensis Dine, "eltries, 2onnemara marble, silver from
Ti""erary, second to none, our farfamed horses even today, the 3rish
hobbies, with king Phili" of 4"ain offering to "ay customs duties for
the right to fish in our waters Dhat do the yellowjohns of &nglia owe
us for our ruined trade and our ruined hearthsC &nd the beds of the
Barrow and 4hannon they wonBt dee"en with millions of acres of marsh and
bog to make us all die of consum"tionC
##&s treeless as Portugal weBll be soon, says John Dyse, or :eligoland
with its one tree if something is not done to reafforest the land
$arches, firs, all the trees of the conifer family are going fast 3 was
reading a re"ort of lord 2astletownBs
##4ave them, says the citi>en, the giant ash of Galway and the chieftain
elm of <ildare with a fortyfoot bole and an acre of foliage 4ave the
trees of 3reland for the future men of 3reland on the fair hills of
Eire, 5
##Euro"e has its eyes on you, says $enehan
The fashionable international world attended E; =&44E this afternoon
at the wedding of the chevalier Jean Dyse de ;eaulan, grand high chief
ranger of the 3rish ;ational 9oresters, with =iss 9ir 2onifer of Pine
Halley $ady 4ylvester Elmshade, =rs Barbara $ovebirch, =rs Poll &sh,
=rs :olly :a>eleyes, =iss 'a"hne Bays, =iss 'orothy 2anebrake, =rs 2lyde
Twelvetrees, =rs 1owan Greene, =rs :elen Hinegadding, =iss Hirginia
2ree"er, =iss Gladys Beech, =iss 5live Garth, =iss Blanche =a"le, =rs
=aud =ahogany, =iss =yra =yrtle, =iss Priscilla Elderflower, =iss
Bee :oneysuckle, =iss Grace Po"lar, =iss 5 =imosa 4an, =iss 1achel
2edarfrond, the =isses $ilian and Hiola $ilac, =iss Timidity &s"enall,
=rs <itty 'ewey#=osse, =iss =ay :awthorne, =rs Gloriana Palme, =rs $iana
9orrest, =rs &rabella Blackwood and =rs ;orma :olyoake of 5akholme 1egis
graced the ceremony by their "resence The bride who was given away by
her father, the =B2onifer of the Glands, looked eEAuisitely charming in
a creation carried out in green mercerised silk, moulded on an undersli"
of gloaming grey, sashed with a yoke of broad emerald and finished with
a tri"le flounce of darkerhued fringe, the scheme being relieved by
bretelles and hi" insertions of acorn bron>e The maids of honour, =iss
$arch 2onifer and =iss 4"ruce 2onifer, sisters of the bride, wore very
becoming costumes in the same tone, a dainty ?motif? of "lume rose being
worked into the "leats in a "instri"e and re"eated ca"riciously in the
jadegreen toAues in the form of heron feathers of "aletinted coral
4enhor EnriAue 9lor "resided at the organ with his wellknown ability
and, in addition to the "rescribed numbers of the nu"tial mass, "layed
a new and striking arrangement of ?Doodman, s"are that tree? at the
conclusion of the service 5n leaving the church of 4aint 9iacre ?in
:orto? after the "a"al blessing the ha""y "air were subjected to a
"layful crossfire of ha>elnuts, beechmast, bayleaves, catkins of willow,
ivytod, hollyberries, mistletoe s"rigs and Auicken shoots =r and =rs
Dyse 2onifer ;eaulan will s"end a Auiet honeymoon in the Black 9orest
##&nd our eyes are on Euro"e, says the citi>en De had our trade with
4"ain and the 9rench and with the 9lemings before those mongrels were
"u""ed, 4"anish ale in Galway, the winebark on the winedark waterway
##&nd will again, says Joe
##&nd with the hel" of the holy mother of God we will again, says the
citi>en, cla""ing his thigh, our harbours that are em"ty will be full
again, Gueenstown, <insale, Galway, Blacksod Bay, Hentry in the kingdom
of <erry, <illybegs, the third largest harbour in the wide world with
a fleet of masts of the Galway $ynches and the 2avan 5B1eillys and the
5B<ennedys of 'ublin when the earl of 'esmond could make a treaty with
the em"eror 2harles the 9ifth himself &nd will again, says he, when the
first 3rish battleshi" is seen breasting the waves with our own flag to
the fore, none of your :enry TudorBs har"s, no, the oldest flag afloat,
the flag of the "rovince of 'esmond and Thomond, three crowns on a blue
field, the three sons of =ilesius
&nd he took the last swig out of the "int =oya &ll wind and "iss like
a tanyard cat 2ows in 2onnacht have long horns &s much as his bloody
life is worth to go down and address his tall talk to the assembled
multitude in 4hanagolden where he darenBt show his nose with the =olly
=aguires looking for him to let daylight through him for grabbing the
holding of an evicted tenant
##:ear, hear to that, says John Dyse Dhat will you haveC
##&n im"erial yeomanry, says $enehan, to celebrate the occasion
##:alf one, Terry, says John Dyse, and a hands u" Terry@ &re you
##!es, sir, says Terry 4mall whisky and bottle of &llso" 1ight, sir
:anging over the bloody "a"er with &lf looking for s"icy bits instead of
attending to the general "ublic Picture of a butting match, trying to
crack their bloody skulls, one cha" going for the other with his head
down like a bull at a gate &nd another one% ?Black Beast Burned in
5maha, Ga? & lot of 'eadwood 'icks in slouch hats and they firing at a
4ambo strung u" in a tree with his tongue out and a bonfire under
him Gob, they ought to drown him in the sea after and electrocute and
crucify him to make sure of their job
##But what about the fighting navy, says ;ed, that kee"s our foes at
##3Bll tell you what about it, says the citi>en :ell u"on earth it is
1ead the revelations thatBs going on in the "a"ers about flogging on
the training shi"s at Portsmouth & fellow writes that calls himself
?'isgusted 5ne?
4o he starts telling us about cor"oral "unishment and about the crew
of tars and officers and rearadmirals drawn u" in cocked hats and the
"arson with his "rotestant bible to witness "unishment and a young lad
brought out, howling for his ma, and they tie him down on the buttend of
a gun
##& rum" and do>en, says the citi>en, was what that old ruffian sir John
Beresford called it but the modern GodBs Englishman calls it caning on
the breech
&nd says John Dyse%
##BTis a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance
Then he was telling us the master at arms comes along with a long cane
and he draws out and he flogs the bloody backside off of the "oor lad
till he yells meila murder
##ThatBs your glorious British navy, says the citi>en, that bosses the
The fellows that never will be slaves, with the only hereditary chamber
on the face of GodBs earth and their land in the hands of a do>en
gamehogs and cottonball barons ThatBs the great em"ire they boast about
of drudges and whi""ed serfs
##5n which the sun never rises, says Joe
##&nd the tragedy of it is, says the citi>en, they believe it The
unfortunate yahoos believe it
They believe in rod, the scourger almighty, creator of hell u"on earth,
and in Jacky Tar, the son of a gun, who was conceived of unholy boast,
born of the fighting navy, suffered under rum" and do>en, was scarified,
flayed and curried, yelled like bloody hell, the third day he arose
again from the bed, steered into haven, sitteth on his beamend till
further orders whence he shall come to drudge for a living and be "aid
##But, says Bloom, isnBt disci"line the same everywhere 3 mean wouldnBt
it be the same here if you "ut force against forceC
'idnBt 3 tell youC &s true as 3Bm drinking this "orter if he was at his
last gas" heBd try to downface you that dying was living
##DeBll "ut force against force, says the citi>en De have our greater
3reland beyond the sea They were driven out of house and home in the
black .I Their mudcabins and their shielings by the roadside were laid
low by the batteringram and the ?Times? rubbed its hands and told the
whitelivered 4aEons there would soon be as few 3rish in 3reland as
redskins in &merica Even the Grand Turk sent us his "iastres But the
4assenach tried to starve the nation at home while the land was full
of cro"s that the British hyenas bought and sold in 1io de Janeiro &y,
they drove out the "easants in hordes Twenty thousand of them died in
the coffinshi"s But those that came to the land of the free remember
the land of bondage &nd they will come again and with a vengeance, no
cravens, the sons of Granuaile, the cham"ions of <athleen ni :oulihan
##Perfectly true, says Bloom But my "oint was
##De are a long time waiting for that day, citi>en, says ;ed 4ince the
"oor old woman told us that the 9rench were on the sea and landed at
##&y, says John Dyse De fought for the royal 4tuarts that reneged us
against the Dilliamites and they betrayed us 1emember $imerick and the
broken treatystone De gave our best blood to 9rance and 4"ain, the
wild geese 9ontenoy, ehC &nd 4arsfield and 5B'onnell, duke of Tetuan
in 4"ain, and Ulysses Browne of 2amus that was fieldmarshal to =aria
Teresa But what did we ever get for itC
##The 9rench@ says the citi>en 4et of dancing masters@ 'o you know
what it isC They were never worth a roasted fart to 3reland &renBt they
trying to make an ?Entente cordiale? now at Tay PayBs dinner"arty with
"erfidious &lbionC 9irebrands of Euro"e and they always were
##?2ons"ue> les 9ran[ais?, says $enehan, nobbling his beer
##&nd as for the Prooshians and the :anoverians, says Joe, havenBt we
had enough of those sausageeating bastards on the throne from George the
elector down to the German lad and the flatulent old bitch thatBs deadC
Jesus, 3 had to laugh at the way he came out with that about the old one
with the winkers on her, blind drunk in her royal "alace every night of
God, old Hic, with her jorum of mountain dew and her coachman carting
her u" body and bones to roll into bed and she "ulling him by the
whiskers and singing him old bits of songs about ?Ehren on the 1hine?
and come where the boose is chea"er
##Dell, says J J De have Edward the "eacemaker now
##Tell that to a fool, says the citi>en ThereBs a bloody sight more "oE
than "aE about that boyo Edward Guel"h#Dettin@
##&nd what do you think, says Joe, of the holy boys, the "riests
and bisho"s of 3reland doing u" his room in =aynooth in :is 4atanic
=ajestyBs racing colours and sticking u" "ictures of all the horses his
jockeys rode The earl of 'ublin, no less
##They ought to have stuck u" all the women he rode himself, says little
&nd says J J%
##2onsiderations of s"ace influenced their lordshi"sB decision
##Dill you try another, citi>enC says Joe
##!es, sir, says he 3 will
##!ouC says Joe
##Beholden to you, Joe, says 3 =ay your shadow never grow less
##1e"eat that dose, says Joe
Bloom was talking and talking with John Dyse and he Auite eEcited with
his dunducketymudcoloured mug on him and his old "lumeyes rolling about
##Persecution, says he, all the history of the world is full of it
Per"etuating national hatred among nations
##But do you know what a nation meansC says John Dyse
##!es, says Bloom
##Dhat is itC says John Dyse
##& nationC says Bloom & nation is the same "eo"le living in the same
##By God, then, says ;ed, laughing, if thatBs so 3Bm a nation for 3Bm
living in the same "lace for the "ast five years
4o of course everyone had the laugh at Bloom and says he, trying to muck
out of it%
##5r also living in different "laces
##That covers my case, says Joe
##Dhat is your nation if 3 may askC says the citi>en
##3reland, says Bloom 3 was born here 3reland
The citi>en said nothing only cleared the s"it out of his gullet and,
gob, he s"at a 1ed bank oyster out of him right in the corner
##&fter you with the "ush, Joe, says he, taking out his handkerchief to
swab himself dry
##:ere you are, citi>en, says Joe Take that in your right hand and
re"eat after me the following words
The muchtreasured and intricately embroidered ancient 3rish facecloth
attributed to 4olomon of 'roma and =anus Tomaltach og =ac'onogh, authors
of the Book of Ballymote, was then carefully "roduced and called forth
"rolonged admiration ;o need to dwell on the legendary beauty of the
corner"ieces, the acme of art, wherein one can distinctly discern each
of the four evangelists in turn "resenting to each of the four masters
his evangelical symbol, a bogoak sce"tre, a ;orth &merican "uma Ka far
nobler king of beasts than the British article, be it said in "assingL,
a <erry calf and a golden eagle from 2arrantuohill The scenes de"icted
on the emunctory field, showing our ancient duns and raths and cromlechs
and grianauns and seats of learning and maledictive stones, are as
wonderfully beautiful and the "igments as delicate as when the 4ligo
illuminators gave free rein to their artistic fantasy long long ago in
the time of the Barmecides Glendalough, the lovely lakes of <illarney,
the ruins of 2lonmacnois, 2ong &bbey, Glen 3nagh and the Twelve Pins,
3relandBs Eye, the Green :ills of Tallaght, 2roagh Patrick, the brewery
of =essrs &rthur Guinness, 4on and 2om"any K$imitedL, $ough ;eaghBs
banks, the vale of 5voca, 3soldeBs tower, the =a"as obelisk, 4ir Patrick
'unBs hos"ital, 2a"e 2lear, the glen of &herlow, $ynchBs castle, the
4cotch house, 1athdown Union Dorkhouse at $oughlinstown, Tullamore jail,
2astleconnel ra"ids, <ilballymacshonakill, the cross at =onasterboice,
JuryBs :otel, 4 PatrickBs Purgatory, the 4almon $ea", =aynooth college
refectory, 2urleyBs hole, the three birth"laces of the first duke of
Dellington, the rock of 2ashel, the bog of &llen, the :enry 4treet
Darehouse, 9ingalBs 2ave##all these moving scenes are still there for us
today rendered more beautiful still by the waters of sorrow which have
"assed over them and by the rich incrustations of time
##4how us over the drink, says 3 Dhich is whichC
##ThatBs mine, says Joe, as the devil said to the dead "oliceman
##&nd 3 belong to a race too, says Bloom, that is hated and "ersecuted
&lso now This very moment This very instant
Gob, he near burnt his fingers with the butt of his old cigar
##1obbed, says he Plundered 3nsulted Persecuted Taking what belongs
to us by right &t this very moment, says he, "utting u" his fist, sold
by auction in =orocco like slaves or cattle
##&re you talking about the new JerusalemC says the citi>en
##3Bm talking about injustice, says Bloom
##1ight, says John Dyse 4tand u" to it then with force like men
ThatBs an almanac "icture for you =ark for a softnosed bullet 5ld
lardyface standing u" to the business end of a gun Gob, heBd adorn a
swee"ingbrush, so he would, if he only had a nurseBs a"ron on him &nd
then he colla"ses all of a sudden, twisting around all the o""osite, as
lim" as a wet rag
##But itBs no use, says he 9orce, hatred, history, all that ThatBs not
life for men and women, insult and hatred &nd everybody knows that itBs
the very o""osite of that that is really life
##DhatC says &lf
##$ove, says Bloom 3 mean the o""osite of hatred 3 must go now, says
he to John Dyse Just round to the court a moment to see if =artin is
there 3f he comes just say 3Bll be back in a second Just a moment
DhoBs hindering youC &nd off he "o"s like greased lightning
##& new a"ostle to the gentiles, says the citi>en Universal love
##Dell, says John Dyse 3snBt that what weBre told $ove your neighbour
##That cha"C says the citi>en Beggar my neighbour is his motto $ove,
moya@ :eBs a nice "attern of a 1omeo and Juliet
$ove loves to love love ;urse loves the new chemist 2onstable (.&
loves =ary <elly Gerty =ac'owell loves the boy that has the bicycle =
B loves a fair gentleman $i 2hi :an lovey u" kissy 2ha Pu 2how Jumbo,
the ele"hant, loves &lice, the ele"hant 5ld =r Herschoyle with the ear
trum"et loves old =rs Herschoyle with the turnedin eye The man in the
brown macintosh loves a lady who is dead :is =ajesty the <ing loves :er
=ajesty the Gueen =rs ;orman D Tu""er loves officer Taylor !ou love
a certain "erson &nd this "erson loves that other "erson because
everybody loves somebody but God loves everybody
##Dell, Joe, says 3, your very good health and song =ore "ower,
##:urrah, there, says Joe
##The blessing of God and =ary and Patrick on you, says the citi>en
&nd he u"s with his "int to wet his whistle
##De know those canters, says he, "reaching and "icking your "ocket
Dhat about sanctimonious 2romwell and his ironsides that "ut the women
and children of 'rogheda to the sword with the bible teEt ?God is love?
"asted round the mouth of his cannonC The bible@ 'id you read that skit
in the ?United 3rishman? today about that Fulu chief thatBs visiting
##DhatBs thatC says Joe
4o the citi>en takes u" one of his "ara"hernalia "a"ers and he starts
reading out%
##& delegation of the chief cotton magnates of =anchester was "resented
yesterday to :is =ajesty the &laki of &beakuta by Gold 4tick in Daiting,
$ord Dalku" of Dalku" on Eggs, to tender to :is =ajesty the heartfelt
thanks of British traders for the facilities afforded them in his
dominions The delegation "artook of luncheon at the conclusion of which
the dusky "otentate, in the course of a ha""y s"eech, freely translated
by the British cha"lain, the reverend &nanias Praisegod Barebones,
tendered his best thanks to =assa Dalku" and em"hasised the cordial
relations eEisting between &beakuta and the British em"ire, stating that
he treasured as one of his dearest "ossessions an illuminated bible,
the volume of the word of God and the secret of EnglandBs greatness,
graciously "resented to him by the white chief woman, the great sAuaw
Hictoria, with a "ersonal dedication from the august hand of the 1oyal
'onor The &laki then drank a lovingcu" of firstshot usAuebaugh to the
toast ?Black and Dhite? from the skull of his immediate "redecessor in
the dynasty <akachakachak, surnamed 9orty Darts, after which he visited
the chief factory of 2ottono"olis and signed his mark in the visitorsB
book, subseAuently eEecuting a charming old &beakutic wardance, in the
course of which he swallowed several knives and forks, amid hilarious
a""lause from the girl hands
##Didow woman, says ;ed 3 wouldnBt doubt her Donder did he "ut that
bible to the same use as 3 would
##4ame only more so, says $enehan &nd thereafter in that fruitful land
the broadleaved mango flourished eEceedingly
##3s that by GriffithC says John Dyse
##;o, says the citi>en 3tBs not signed 4hanganagh 3tBs only
initialled% P
##&nd a very good initial too, says Joe
##ThatBs how itBs worked, says the citi>en Trade follows the flag
##Dell, says J J, if theyBre any worse than those Belgians in the
2ongo 9ree 4tate they must be bad 'id you read that re"ort by a man
whatBs this his name isC
##2asement, says the citi>en :eBs an 3rishman
##!es, thatBs the man, says J J 1a"ing the women and girls and
flogging the natives on the belly to sAuee>e all the red rubber they can
out of them
##3 know where heBs gone, says $enehan, cracking his fingers
##DhoC says 3
##Bloom, says he The courthouse is a blind :e had a few bob on
?Throwaway? and heBs gone to gather in the shekels
##3s it that whiteeyed kaffirC says the citi>en, that never backed a
horse in anger in his lifeC
##ThatBs where heBs gone, says $enehan 3 met Bantam $yons going to back
that horse only 3 "ut him off it and he told me Bloom gave him the ti"
Bet you what you like he has a hundred shillings to five on :eBs the
only man in 'ublin has it & dark horse
##:eBs a bloody dark horse himself, says Joe
##=ind, Joe, says 3 4how us the entrance out
##There you are, says Terry
Goodbye 3reland 3Bm going to Gort 4o 3 just went round the back of
the yard to "um"shi" and begob Khundred shillings to fiveL while 3 was
letting off my ?KThrowaway? twenty toL letting off my load gob says 3
to myself 3 knew he was uneasy in his Ktwo "ints off of Joe and one in
4latteryBs offL in his mind to get off the mark to Khundred shillings
is five AuidL and when they were in the Kdark horseL "isser Burke was
telling me card "arty and letting on the child was sick Kgob, must have
done about a gallonL flabbyarse of a wife s"eaking down the tube ?sheBs
better? or ?sheBs? Kow@L all a "lan so he could vamoose with the "ool if
he won or KJesus, full u" 3 wasL trading without a licence Kow@L 3reland
my nation says he Khoik@ "hthook@L never be u" to those bloody KthereBs
the last of itL Jerusalem Kah@L cuckoos
4o anyhow when 3 got back they were at it dingdong, John Dyse saying it
was Bloom gave the ideas for 4inn 9ein to Griffith to "ut in his "a"er
all kinds of jerrymandering, "acked juries and swindling the taEes off
of the government and a""ointing consuls all over the world to walk
about selling 3rish industries 1obbing Peter to "ay Paul Gob, that
"uts the bloody kybosh on it if old slo""y eyes is mucking u" the show
Give us a bloody chance God save 3reland from the likes of that bloody
mouseabout =r Bloom with his argol bargol &nd his old fellow before
him "er"etrating frauds, old =ethusalem Bloom, the robbing bagman, that
"oisoned himself with the "russic acid after he swam"ing the country
with his baubles and his "enny diamonds $oans by "ost on easy terms
&ny amount of money advanced on note of hand 'istance no object ;o
security Gob, heBs like $anty =ac:aleBs goat thatBd go a "iece of the
road with every one
##Dell, itBs a fact, says John Dyse &nd thereBs the man now thatBll
tell you all about it, =artin 2unningham
4ure enough the castle car drove u" with =artin on it and Jack Power
with him and a fellow named 2rofter or 2rofton, "ensioner out of
the collector generalBs, an orangeman Blackburn does have on the
registration and he drawing his "ay or 2rawford gallivanting around the
country at the kingBs eE"ense
5ur travellers reached the rustic hostelry and alighted from their
##:o, varlet@ cried he, who by his mien seemed the leader of the "arty
4aucy knave@ To us@
4o saying he knocked loudly with his swordhilt u"on the o"en lattice
=ine host came forth at the summons, girding him with his tabard
##Give you good den, my masters, said he with an obseAuious bow
##Bestir thyself, sirrah@ cried he who had knocked $ook to our steeds
&nd for ourselves give us of your best for ifaith we need it
##$ackaday, good masters, said the host, my "oor house has but a bare
larder 3 know not what to offer your lordshi"s
##:ow now, fellowC cried the second of the "arty, a man of "leasant
countenance, 4o servest thou the kingBs messengers, master Ta"tunC
&n instantaneous change overs"read the landlordBs visage
##2ry you mercy, gentlemen, he said humbly &n you be the kingBs
messengers KGod shield :is =ajesty@L you shall not want for aught The
kingBs friends KGod bless :is =ajesty@L shall not go afasting in my
house 3 warrant me
##Then about@ cried the traveller who had not s"oken, a lusty
trencherman by his as"ect :ast aught to give usC
=ine host bowed again as he made answer%
##Dhat say you, good masters, to a sAuab "igeon "asty, some collo"s of
venison, a saddle of veal, widgeon with cris" hogBs bacon, a boarBs head
with "istachios, a bason of jolly custard, a medlar tansy and a flagon
of old 1henishC
##Gad>ooks@ cried the last s"eaker That likes me well Pistachios@
##&ha@ cried he of the "leasant countenance & "oor house and a bare
larder, Auotha@ BTis a merry rogue
4o in comes =artin asking where was Bloom
##Dhere is heC says $enehan 'efrauding widows and or"hans
##3snBt that a fact, says John Dyse, what 3 was telling the citi>en
about Bloom and the 4inn 9einC
##ThatBs so, says =artin 5r so they allege
##Dho made those allegationsC says &lf
##3, says Joe 3Bm the alligator
##&nd after all, says John Dyse, why canBt a jew love his country like
the neEt fellowC
##Dhy notC says J J, when heBs Auite sure which country it is
##3s he a jew or a gentile or a holy 1oman or a swaddler or what the
hell is heC says ;ed 5r who is heC ;o offence, 2rofton
##Dho is JuniusC says J J
##De donBt want him, says 2rofter the 5rangeman or "resbyterian
##:eBs a "erverted jew, says =artin, from a "lace in :ungary and it was
he drew u" all the "lans according to the :ungarian system De know that
in the castle
##3snBt he a cousin of Bloom the dentistC says Jack Power
##;ot at all, says =artin 5nly namesakes :is name was Hirag, the
fatherBs name that "oisoned himself :e changed it by deed"oll, the
father did
##ThatBs the new =essiah for 3reland@ says the citi>en 3sland of saints
and sages@
##Dell, theyBre still waiting for their redeemer, says =artin 9or that
matter so are we
##!es, says J J, and every male thatBs born they think it may be their
=essiah &nd every jew is in a tall state of eEcitement, 3 believe, till
he knows if heBs a father or a mother
##EE"ecting every moment will be his neEt, says $enehan
##5, by God, says ;ed, you should have seen Bloom before that son of his
that died was born 3 met him one day in the south city markets buying a
tin of ;eaveBs food siE weeks before the wife was delivered
##?En ventre sa mTre?, says J J
##'o you call that a manC says the citi>en
##3 wonder did he ever "ut it out of sight, says Joe
##Dell, there were two children born anyhow, says Jack Power
##&nd who does he sus"ectC says the citi>en
Gob, thereBs many a true word s"oken in jest 5ne of those miEed
middlings he is $ying u" in the hotel Pisser was telling me once a
month with headache like a totty with her courses 'o you know what 3Bm
telling youC 3tBd be an act of God to take a hold of a fellow the like
of that and throw him in the bloody sea Justifiable homicide, so it
would Then slo"ing off with his five Auid without "utting u" a "int of
stuff like a man Give us your blessing ;ot as much as would blind your
##2harity to the neighbour, says =artin But where is heC De canBt wait
##& wolf in shee"Bs clothing, says the citi>en ThatBs what he is Hirag
from :ungary@ &hasuerus 3 call him 2ursed by God
##:ave you time for a brief libation, =artinC says ;ed
##5nly one, says =artin De must be Auick J J and 4
##!ou, JackC 2roftonC Three half ones, Terry
##4aint Patrick would want to land again at Ballykinlar and convert us,
says the citi>en, after allowing things like that to contaminate our
##Dell, says =artin, ra""ing for his glass God bless all here is my
##&men, says the citi>en
##&nd 3Bm sure :e will, says Joe
&nd at the sound of the sacring bell, headed by a crucifer with
acolytes, thurifers, boatbearers, readers, ostiarii, deacons and
subdeacons, the blessed com"any drew nigh of mitred abbots and "riors
and guardians and monks and friars% the monks of Benedict of 4"oleto,
2arthusians and 2amaldolesi, 2istercians and 5livetans, 5ratorians
and Hallombrosans, and the friars of &ugustine, Brigittines,
Premonstratensians, 4ervi, Trinitarians, and the children of Peter
;olasco% and therewith from 2armel mount the children of Elijah "ro"het
led by &lbert bisho" and by Teresa of &vila, calced and other% and
friars, brown and grey, sons of "oor 9rancis, ca"uchins, cordeliers,
minimes and observants and the daughters of 2lara% and the sons of
'ominic, the friars "reachers, and the sons of Hincent% and the monks
of 4 Dolstan% and 3gnatius his children% and the confraternity of the
christian brothers led by the reverend brother Edmund 3gnatius 1ice &nd
after came all saints and martyrs, virgins and confessors% 4 2yr and
4 3sidore &rator and 4 James the $ess and 4 Phocas of 4ino"e and 4
Julian :os"itator and 4 9eliE de 2antalice and 4 4imon 4tylites and
4 4te"hen Protomartyr and 4 John of God and 4 9erreol and 4 $eugarde
and 4 Theodotus and 4 Hulmar and 4 1ichard and 4 Hincent de Paul and
4 =artin of Todi and 4 =artin of Tours and 4 &lfred and 4 Jose"h and
4 'enis and 4 2ornelius and 4 $eo"old and 4 Bernard and 4 Terence
and 4 Edward and 4 5wen 2aniculus and 4 &nonymous and 4 E"onymous
and 4 Pseudonymous and 4 :omonymous and 4 Paronymous and 4
4ynonymous and 4 $aurence 5BToole and 4 James of 'ingle and
2om"ostella and 4 2olumcille and 4 2olumba and 4 2elestine and 4
2olman and 4 <evin and 4 Brendan and 4 9rigidian and 4 4enan and 4
9achtna and 4 2olumbanus and 4 Gall and 4 9ursey and 4 9intan and 4
9iacre and 4 John ;e"omuc and 4 Thomas &Auinas and 4 3ves of Brittany
and 4 =ichan and 4 :erman#Jose"h and the three "atrons of holy youth
4 &loysius Gon>aga and 4 4tanislaus <ostka and 4 John Berchmans
and the saints Gervasius, 4ervasius and Bonifacius and 4 Bride and 4
<ieran and 4 2anice of <ilkenny and 4 Jarlath of Tuam and 4 9inbarr
and 4 Pa""in of Ballymun and Brother &loysius Pacificus and Brother
$ouis Bellicosus and the saints 1ose of $ima and of Hiterbo and 4
=artha of Bethany and 4 =ary of Egy"t and 4 $ucy and 4 Brigid and
4 &ttracta and 4 'ym"na and 4 3ta and 4 =arion 2al"ensis and
the Blessed 4ister Teresa of the 2hild Jesus and 4 Barbara and 4
4cholastica and 4 Ursula with eleven thousand virgins &nd all came
with nimbi and aureoles and gloriae, bearing "alms and har"s and swords
and olive crowns, in robes whereon were woven the blessed symbols of
their efficacies, inkhorns, arrows, loaves, cruses, fetters, aEes,
trees, bridges, babes in a bathtub, shells, wallets, shears, keys,
dragons, lilies, buckshot, beards, hogs, lam"s, bellows, beehives,
sou"ladles, stars, snakes, anvils, boEes of vaseline, bells, crutches,
force"s, stagsB horns, watertight boots, hawks, millstones, eyes on a
dish, waE candles, as"ergills, unicorns &nd as they wended their way by
;elsonBs Pillar, :enry street, =ary street, 2a"el street, $ittle Britain
street chanting the introit in ?E"i"hania 'omini? which beginneth
?4urge, illuminare? and thereafter most sweetly the gradual ?5mnes?
which saith ?de 4aba venient? they did divers wonders such as casting
out devils, raising the dead to life, multi"lying fishes, healing the
halt and the blind, discovering various articles which had been mislaid,
inter"reting and fulfilling the scri"tures, blessing and "ro"hesying
&nd last, beneath a cano"y of cloth of gold came the reverend 9ather
5B9lynn attended by =alachi and Patrick &nd when the good fathers
had reached the a""ointed "lace, the house of Bernard <iernan and 2o,
limited, +, 7 and (* little Britain street, wholesale grocers, wine
and brandy shi""ers, licensed fo the sale of beer, wine and s"irits for
consum"tion on the "remises, the celebrant blessed the house and censed
the mullioned windows and the groynes and the vaults and the arrises and
the ca"itals and the "ediments and the cornices and the engrailed arches
and the s"ires and the cu"olas and s"rinkled the lintels thereof with
blessed water and "rayed that God might bless that house as he had
blessed the house of &braham and 3saac and Jacob and make the angels of
:is light to inhabit therein &nd entering he blessed the viands and the
beverages and the com"any of all the blessed answered his "rayers
##?&diutorium nostrum in nomine 'omini?
##?Gui fecit coelum et terram?
##?'ominus vobiscum?
##?Et cum s"iritu tuo?
&nd he laid his hands u"on that he blessed and gave thanks and he "rayed
and they all with him "rayed%
##?'eus, cuius verbo sanctificantur omnia, benedictionem tuam effunde
su"er creaturas istas% et "raesta ut AuisAuis eis secundum legem et
voluntatem Tuam cum gratiarum actione usus fuerit "er invocationem
sanctissimi nominis Tui cor"oris sanitatem et animae tutelam Te auctore
"erci"iat "er 2hristum 'ominum nostrum?
##&nd so say all of us, says Jack
##Thousand a year, $ambert, says 2rofton or 2rawford
##1ight, says ;ed, taking u" his John Jameson &nd butter for fish
3 was just looking around to see who the ha""y thought would strike when
be damned but in he comes again letting on to be in a hell of a hurry
##3 was just round at the courthouse, says he, looking for you 3 ho"e
3Bm not
##;o, says =artin, weBre ready
2ourthouse my eye and your "ockets hanging down with gold and silver
=ean bloody scut 4tand us a drink itself 'evil a sweet fear@ ThereBs
a jew for you@ &ll for number one 2ute as a shithouse rat :undred to
##'onBt tell anyone, says the citi>en,
##Beg your "ardon, says he
##2ome on boys, says =artin, seeing it was looking blue 2ome along now
##'onBt tell anyone, says the citi>en, letting a bawl out of him 3tBs a
&nd the bloody dog woke u" and let a growl
##Bye bye all, says =artin
&nd he got them out as Auick as he could, Jack Power and 2rofton or
whatever you call him and him in the middle of them letting on to be all
at sea and u" with them on the bloody jaunting car
###5ff with you, says
=artin to the jarvey
The milkwhite dol"hin tossed his mane and, rising in the golden "oo" the
helmsman s"read the bellying sail u"on the wind and stood off forward
with all sail set, the s"innaker to larboard & many comely nym"hs drew
nigh to starboard and to larboard and, clinging to the sides of
the noble bark, they linked their shining forms as doth the cunning
wheelwright when he fashions about the heart of his wheel the
eAuidistant rays whereof each one is sister to another and he binds them
all with an outer ring and giveth s"eed to the feet of men whenas they
ride to a hosting or contend for the smile of ladies fair Even so did
they come and set them, those willing nym"hs, the undying sisters &nd
they laughed, s"orting in a circle of their foam% and the bark clave the
But begob 3 was just lowering the heel of the "int when 3 saw the
citi>en getting u" to waddle to the door, "uffing and blowing with the
dro"sy, and he cursing the curse of 2romwell on him, bell, book and
candle in 3rish, s"itting and s"atting out of him and Joe and little &lf
round him like a le"rechaun trying to "eacify him
##$et me alone, says he
&nd begob he got as far as the door and they holding him and he bawls
out of him%
##Three cheers for 3srael@
&rrah, sit down on the "arliamentary side of your arse for 2hristB sake
and donBt be making a "ublic eEhibition of yourself Jesus, thereBs
always some bloody clown or other kicking u" a bloody murder about
bloody nothing Gob, itBd turn the "orter sour in your guts, so it
&nd all the ragamuffins and sluts of the nation round the door and
=artin telling the jarvey to drive ahead and the citi>en bawling and &lf
and Joe at him to whisht and he on his high horse about the jews and
the loafers calling for a s"eech and Jack Power trying to get him to sit
down on the car and hold his bloody jaw and a loafer with a "atch over
his eye starts singing ?3f the man in the moon was a jew, jew, jew? and
a slut shouts out of her%
##Eh, mister@ !our fly is o"en, mister@
&nd says he%
##=endelssohn was a jew and <arl =arE and =ercadante and 4"ino>a &nd
the 4aviour was a jew and his father was a jew !our God
##:e had no father, says =artin ThatBll do now 'rive ahead
##Dhose GodC says the citi>en
##Dell, his uncle was a jew, says he !our God was a jew 2hrist was a
jew like me
Gob, the citi>en made a "lunge back into the sho"
##By Jesus, says he, 3Bll brain that bloody jewman for using the holy
By Jesus, 3Bll crucify him so 3 will Give us that biscuitboE here
##4to"@ 4to"@ says Joe
& large and a""reciative gathering of friends and acAuaintances from
the metro"olis and greater 'ublin assembled in their thousands to bid
farewell to ;agyasagos uram $i"oti Hirag, late of =essrs &leEander
ThomBs, "rinters to :is =ajesty, on the occasion of his de"arture
for the distant clime of 4>a>harminc>brojugulyas#'ugulas K=eadow of
=urmuring DatersL The ceremony which went off with great ?Nclat? was
characterised by the most affecting cordiality &n illuminated scroll
of ancient 3rish vellum, the work of 3rish artists, was "resented to
the distinguished "henomenologist on behalf of a large section of the
community and was accom"anied by the gift of a silver casket, tastefully
eEecuted in the style of ancient 2eltic ornament, a work which reflects
every credit on the makers, =essrs Jacob ?agus? Jacob The de"arting
guest was the reci"ient of a hearty ovation, many of those who were
"resent being visibly moved when the select orchestra of 3rish "i"es
struck u" the wellknown strains of ?2ome back to Erin?, followed
immediately by ?1akoc>syBs =arch? Tarbarrels and bonfires were lighted
along the coastline of the four seas on the summits of the :ill of
:owth, Three 1ock =ountain, 4ugarloaf, Bray :ead, the mountains of
=ourne, the Galtees, the 5E and 'onegal and 4"errin "eaks, the ;agles
and the Bograghs, the 2onnemara hills, the reeks of = Gillicuddy, 4lieve
&ughty, 4lieve Bernagh and 4lieve Bloom &mid cheers that rent the
welkin, res"onded to by answering cheers from a big muster of
henchmen on the distant 2ambrian and 2aledonian hills, the mastodontic
"leasureshi" slowly moved away saluted by a final floral tribute from
the re"resentatives of the fair seE who were "resent in large numbers
while, as it "roceeded down the river, escorted by a flotilla of barges,
the flags of the Ballast office and 2ustom :ouse were di""ed in salute
as were also those of the electrical "ower station at the
Pigeonhouse and the Poolbeg $ight ?Hiss>ontlZtZsra, kedves barZton@
Hiss>ontlZtZsra@? Gone but not forgotten
Gob, the devil wouldnBt sto" him till he got hold of the bloody tin
anyhow and out with him and little &lf hanging on to his elbow and he
shouting like a stuck "ig, as good as any bloody "lay in the GueenBs
royal theatre%
##Dhere is he till 3 murder himC
&nd ;ed and J J "aralysed with the laughing
##Bloody wars, says 3, 3Bll be in for the last gos"el
But as luck would have it the jarvey got the nagBs head round the other
way and off with him
##:old on, citi>en, says Joe 4to"@
Begob he drew his hand and made a swi"e and let fly =ercy of God the
sun was in his eyes or heBd have left him for dead Gob, he near sent it
into the county $ongford The bloody nag took fright and the old
mongrel after the car like bloody hell and all the "o"ulace shouting and
laughing and the old tinboE clattering along the street
The catastro"he was terrific and instantaneous in its effect The
observatory of 'unsink registered in all eleven shocks, all of the fifth
grade of =ercalliBs scale, and there is no record eEtant of a similar
seismic disturbance in our island since the earthAuake of (6/., the year
of the rebellion of 4ilken Thomas The e"icentre a""ears to have been
that "art of the metro"olis which constitutes the 3nnBs Guay ward and
"arish of 4aint =ichan covering a surface of fortyone acres, two roods
and one sAuare "ole or "erch &ll the lordly residences in the vicinity
of the "alace of justice were demolished and that noble edifice itself,
in which at the time of the catastro"he im"ortant legal debates were in
"rogress, is literally a mass of ruins beneath which it is to be
feared all the occu"ants have been buried alive 9rom the re"orts of
eyewitnesses it trans"ires that the seismic waves were accom"anied by
a violent atmos"heric "erturbation of cyclonic character &n article of
headgear since ascertained to belong to the much res"ected clerk of the
crown and "eace =r George 9ottrell and a silk umbrella with gold handle
with the engraved initials, crest, coat of arms and house number of
the erudite and worshi"ful chairman of Auarter sessions sir 9rederick
9alkiner, recorder of 'ublin, have been discovered by search "arties
in remote "arts of the island res"ectively, the former on the third
basaltic ridge of the giantBs causeway, the latter embedded to the
eEtent of one foot three inches in the sandy beach of :oleo"en bay near
the old head of <insale 5ther eyewitnesses de"ose that they observed
an incandescent object of enormous "ro"ortions hurtling through the
atmos"here at a terrifying velocity in a trajectory directed southwest
by west =essages of condolence and sym"athy are being hourly received
from all "arts of the different continents and the sovereign "ontiff has
been graciously "leased to decree that a s"ecial ?missa "ro defunctis?
shall be celebrated simultaneously by the ordinaries of each and every
cathedral church of all the e"isco"al dioceses subject to the s"iritual
authority of the :oly 4ee in suffrage of the souls of those faithful
de"arted who have been so uneE"ectedly called away from our midst
The work of salvage, removal of ?dNbris,? human remains etc has been
entrusted to =essrs =ichael =eade and 4on, (67 Great Brunswick street,
and =essrs T and 2 =artin, II, I+, I7 and +* ;orth Dall, assisted by
the men and officers of the 'uke of 2ornwallBs light infantry under the
general su"ervision of : 1 :, rear admiral, the right honourable sir
:ercules :annibal :abeas 2or"us &nderson, < G, < P, < T, P 2, <
2 B, = P, J P, = B, ' 4 5, 4 5 ', = 9 :, = 1 3 &, B
$, =us 'oc, P $ G, 9 T 2 ', 9 1 U 3, 9 1 2 P 3 and 9
1 2 4 3
!ou never saw the like of it in all your born "uff Gob, if he got that
lottery ticket on the side of his "oll heBd remember the gold cu", he
would so, but begob the citi>en would have been lagged for assault and
battery and Joe for aiding and abetting The jarvey saved his life by
furious driving as sure as God made =oses DhatC 5, Jesus, he did &nd
he let a volley of oaths after him
##'id 3 kill him, says he, or whatC
&nd he shouting to the bloody dog%
##&fter him, Garry@ &fter him, boy@
&nd the last we saw was the bloody car rounding the corner and old
shee"sface on it gesticulating and the bloody mongrel after it with his
lugs back for all he was bloody well worth to tear him limb from limb
:undred to five@ Jesus, he took the value of it out of him, 3 "romise
Dhen, lo, there came about them all a great brightness and they beheld
the chariot wherein :e stood ascend to heaven &nd they beheld :im in
the chariot, clothed u"on in the glory of the brightness, having raiment
as of the sun, fair as the moon and terrible that for awe they durst not
look u"on :im &nd there came a voice out of heaven, calling% ?Elijah@
Elijah@? &nd :e answered with a main cry% ?&bba@ &donai@? &nd they
beheld :im even :im, ben Bloom Elijah, amid clouds of angels ascend
to the glory of the brightness at an angle of fortyfive degrees over
'onohoeBs in $ittle Green street like a shot off a shovel
The summer evening had begun to fold the world in its mysterious
embrace 9ar away in the west the sun was setting and the last glow of
all too fleeting day lingered lovingly on sea and strand, on the "roud
"romontory of dear old :owth guarding as ever the waters of the bay, on
the weedgrown rocks along 4andymount shore and, last but not least, on
the Auiet church whence there streamed forth at times u"on the stillness
the voice of "rayer to her who is in her "ure radiance a beacon ever to
the stormtossed heart of man, =ary, star of the sea
The three girl friends were seated on the rocks, enjoying the evening
scene and the air which was fresh but not too chilly =any a time and
oft were they wont to come there to that favourite nook to have a cosy
chat beside the s"arkling waves and discuss matters feminine, 2issy
2affrey and Edy Boardman with the baby in the "ushcar and Tommy and
Jacky 2affrey, two little curlyheaded boys, dressed in sailor suits with
ca"s to match and the name :=4 Belleisle "rinted on both 9or Tommy
and Jacky 2affrey were twins, scarce four years old and very noisy and
s"oiled twins sometimes but for all that darling little fellows with
bright merry faces and endearing ways about them They were dabbling in
the sand with their s"ades and buckets, building castles as children do,
or "laying with their big coloured ball, ha""y as the day was long &nd
Edy Boardman was rocking the chubby baby to and fro in the "ushcar while
that young gentleman fairly chuckled with delight :e was but eleven
months and nine days old and, though still a tiny toddler, was just
beginning to lis" his first babyish words 2issy 2affrey bent over to
him to tease his fat little "lucks and the dainty dim"le in his chin
##;ow, baby, 2issy 2affrey said 4ay out big, big 3 want a drink of
&nd baby "rattled after her%
##& jink a jink a jawbo
2issy 2affrey cuddled the wee cha" for she was awfully fond of children,
so "atient with little sufferers and Tommy 2affrey could never be got to
take his castor oil unless it was 2issy 2affrey that held his nose and
"romised him the scatty heel of the loaf or brown bread with golden
syru" on Dhat a "ersuasive "ower that girl had@ But to be sure baby
Boardman was as good as gold, a "erfect little dote in his new fancy
bib ;one of your s"oilt beauties, 9lora =ac9limsy sort, was 2issy
2affrey & truerhearted lass never drew the breath of life, always with
a laugh in her gi"sylike eyes and a frolicsome word on her cherryri"e
red li"s, a girl lovable in the eEtreme &nd Edy Boardman laughed too at
the Auaint language of little brother
But just then there was a slight altercation between =aster Tommy and
=aster Jacky Boys will be boys and our two twins were no eEce"tion
to this golden rule The a""le of discord was a certain castle of sand
which =aster Jacky had built and =aster Tommy would have it right go
wrong that it was to be architecturally im"roved by a frontdoor like the
=artello tower had But if =aster Tommy was headstrong =aster Jacky was
selfwilled too and, true to the maEim that every little 3rishmanBs house
is his castle, he fell u"on his hated rival and to such "ur"ose that the
wouldbe assailant came to grief and Kalas to relate@L the coveted castle
too ;eedless to say the cries of discomfited =aster Tommy drew the
attention of the girl friends
##2ome here, Tommy, his sister called im"eratively &t once@ &nd you,
Jacky, for shame to throw "oor Tommy in the dirty sand Dait till 3
catch you for that
:is eyes misty with unshed tears =aster Tommy came at her call for their
big sisterBs word was law with the twins &nd in a sad "light he was
too after his misadventure :is little man#oB#war to" and unmentionables
were full of sand but 2issy was a "ast mistress in the art of smoothing
over lifeBs tiny troubles and very Auickly not one s"eck of sand was to
be seen on his smart little suit 4till the blue eyes were glistening
with hot tears that would well u" so she kissed away the hurtness and
shook her hand at =aster Jacky the cul"rit and said if she was near him
she wouldnBt be far from him, her eyes dancing in admonition
##;asty bold Jacky@ she cried
4he "ut an arm round the little mariner and coaEed winningly%
##DhatBs your nameC Butter and creamC
##Tell us who is your sweetheart, s"oke Edy Boardman 3s 2issy your
##;ao, tearful Tommy said
##3s Edy Boardman your sweetheartC 2issy Aueried
##;ao, Tommy said
##3 know, Edy Boardman said none too amiably with an arch glance from
her shortsighted eyes 3 know who is TommyBs sweetheart Gerty is
TommyBs sweetheart
##;ao, Tommy said on the verge of tears
2issyBs Auick motherwit guessed what was amiss and she whis"ered to
Edy Boardman to take him there behind the "ushcar where the gentleman
couldnBt see and to mind he didnBt wet his new tan shoes
But who was GertyC
Gerty =ac'owell who was seated near her com"anions, lost in thought,
ga>ing far away into the distance was, in very truth, as fair a s"ecimen
of winsome 3rish girlhood as one could wish to see 4he was "ronounced
beautiful by all who knew her though, as folks often said, she was
more a Giltra" than a =ac'owell :er figure was slight and graceful,
inclining even to fragility but those iron jelloids she had been taking
of late had done her a world of good much better than the Didow DelchBs
female "ills and she was much better of those discharges she used to
get and that tired feeling The waEen "allor of her face was almost
s"iritual in its ivorylike "urity though her rosebud mouth was a genuine
2u"idBs bow, Greekly "erfect :er hands were of finely veined alabaster
with ta"ering fingers and as white as lemonjuice and Aueen of ointments
could make them though it was not true that she used to wear kid gloves
in bed or take a milk footbath either Bertha 4u""le told that once to
Edy Boardman, a deliberate lie, when she was black out at daggers drawn
with Gerty Kthe girl chums had of course their little tiffs from time to
time like the rest of mortalsL and she told her not to let on whatever
she did that it was her that told her or sheBd never s"eak to her
again ;o :onour where honour is due There was an innate refinement,
a languid Aueenly ?hauteur? about Gerty which was unmistakably evidenced
in her delicate hands and higharched inste" :ad kind fate but willed
her to be born a gentlewoman of high degree in her own right and had
she only received the benefit of a good education Gerty =ac'owell might
easily have held her own beside any lady in the land and have seen
herself eEAuisitely gowned with jewels on her brow and "atrician suitors
at her feet vying with one another to "ay their devoirs to her
=ayha" it was this, the love that might have been, that lent to her
softlyfeatured face at whiles a look, tense with su""ressed meaning,
that im"arted a strange yearning tendency to the beautiful eyes, a charm
few could resist Dhy have women such eyes of witcheryC GertyBs were of
the bluest 3rish blue, set off by lustrous lashes and dark eE"ressive
brows Time was when those brows were not so silkily seductive 3t
was =adame Hera Herity, directress of the Doman Beautiful "age of the
Princess ;ovelette, who had first advised her to try eyebrowleine which
gave that haunting eE"ression to the eyes, so becoming in leaders
of fashion, and she had never regretted it Then there was blushing
scientifically cured and how to be tall increase your height and you
have a beautiful face but your noseC That would suit =rs 'ignam because
she had a button one But GertyBs crowning glory was her wealth of
wonderful hair 3t was dark brown with a natural wave in it 4he had cut
it that very morning on account of the new moon and it nestled about
her "retty head in a "rofusion of luEuriant clusters and "ared her nails
too, Thursday for wealth &nd just now at EdyBs words as a telltale
flush, delicate as the faintest rosebloom, cre"t into her cheeks she
looked so lovely in her sweet girlish shyness that of a surety GodBs
fair land of 3reland did not hold her eAual
9or an instant she was silent with rather sad downcast eyes 4he
was about to retort but something checked the words on her tongue
3nclination "rom"ted her to s"eak out% dignity told her to be silent
The "retty li"s "outed awhile but then she glanced u" and broke out into
a joyous little laugh which had in it all the freshness of a young =ay
morning 4he knew right well, no#one better, what made sAuinty Edy
say that because of him cooling in his attentions when it was sim"ly a
loversB Auarrel &s "er usual somebodyBs nose was out of joint about the
boy that had the bicycle off the $ondon bridge road always riding u"
and down in front of her window 5nly now his father ke"t him in in the
evenings studying hard to get an eEhibition in the intermediate that was
on and he was going to go to Trinity college to study for a doctor when
he left the high school like his brother D E Dylie who was racing
in the bicycle races in Trinity college university $ittle recked he
"erha"s for what she felt, that dull aching void in her heart sometimes,
"iercing to the core !et he was young and "erchance he might learn
to love her in time They were "rotestants in his family and of course
Gerty knew Dho came first and after :im the Blessed Hirgin and then
4aint Jose"h But he was undeniably handsome with an eEAuisite nose and
he was what he looked, every inch a gentleman, the sha"e of his head too
at the back without his ca" on that she would know anywhere something
off the common and the way he turned the bicycle at the lam" with his
hands off the bars and also the nice "erfume of those good cigarettes
and besides they were both of a si>e too he and she and that was why Edy
Boardman thought she was so frightfully clever because he didnBt go and
ride u" and down in front of her bit of a garden
Gerty was dressed sim"ly but with the instinctive taste of a votary of
'ame 9ashion for she felt that there was just a might that he might be
out & neat blouse of electric blue selftinted by dolly dyes Kbecause it
was eE"ected in the ?$adyBs Pictorial? that electric blue would be wornL
with a smart vee o"ening down to the division and kerchief "ocket Kin
which she always ke"t a "iece of cottonwool scented with her
favourite "erfume because the handkerchief s"oiled the sitL and a navy
threeAuarter skirt cut to the stride showed off her slim graceful figure
to "erfection 4he wore a coAuettish little love of a hat of wideleaved
nigger straw contrast trimmed with an underbrim of eggblue chenille and
at the side a butterfly bow of silk to tone &ll Tuesday week afternoon
she was hunting to match that chenille but at last she found what she
wanted at 2leryBs summer sales, the very it, slightly sho"soiled but you
would never notice, seven fingers two and a "enny 4he did it u" all by
herself and what joy was hers when she tried it on then, smiling at the
lovely reflection which the mirror gave back to her@ &nd when she "ut
it on the waterjug to kee" the sha"e she knew that that would take the
shine out of some "eo"le she knew :er shoes were the newest thing in
footwear KEdy Boardman "rided herself that she was very ?"etite? but she
never had a foot like Gerty =ac'owell, a five, and never would ash,
oak or elmL with "atent toeca"s and just one smart buckle over
her higharched inste" :er wellturned ankle dis"layed its "erfect
"ro"ortions beneath her skirt and just the "ro"er amount and no more of
her sha"ely limbs encased in fines"un hose with highs"liced heels and
wide garter to"s &s for undies they were GertyBs chief care and who
that knows the fluttering ho"es and fears of sweet seventeen Kthough
Gerty would never see seventeen againL can find it in his heart to
blame herC 4he had four dinky sets with awfully "retty stitchery,
three garments and nighties eEtra, and each set slotted with different
coloured ribbons, rose"ink, "ale blue, mauve and "eagreen, and she aired
them herself and blued them when they came home from the wash and ironed
them and she had a brickbat to kee" the iron on because she wouldnBt
trust those washerwomen as far as sheBd see them scorching the things
4he was wearing the blue for luck, ho"ing against ho"e, her own colour
and lucky too for a bride to have a bit of blue somewhere on her because
the green she wore that day week brought grief because his father
brought him in to study for the intermediate eEhibition and because
she thought "erha"s he might be out because when she was dressing that
morning she nearly sli""ed u" the old "air on her inside out and that
was for luck and loversB meeting if you "ut those things on inside
out or if they got untied that he was thinking about you so long as it
wasnBt of a 9riday
&nd yet and yet@ That strained look on her face@ & gnawing sorrow is
there all the time :er very soul is in her eyes and she would give
worlds to be in the "rivacy of her own familiar chamber where,
giving way to tears, she could have a good cry and relieve her "entu"
feelingsthough not too much because she knew how to cry nicely before
the mirror !ou are lovely, Gerty, it said The "aly light of evening
falls u"on a face infinitely sad and wistful Gerty =ac'owell yearns
in vain !es, she had known from the very first that her daydream of a
marriage has been arranged and the weddingbells ringing for =rs 1eggy
Dylie T 2 ' Kbecause the one who married the elder brother would be
=rs DylieL and in the fashionable intelligence =rs Gertrude Dylie was
wearing a sum"tuous confection of grey trimmed with eE"ensive blue foE
was not to be :e was too young to understand :e would not believe in
love, a womanBs birthright The night of the "arty long ago in 4toerBs
Khe was still in short trousersL when they were alone and he stole
an arm round her waist she went white to the very li"s :e called her
little one in a strangely husky voice and snatched a half kiss Kthe
first@L but it was only the end of her nose and then he hastened from
the room with a remark about refreshments 3m"etuous fellow@ 4trength of
character had never been 1eggy DylieBs strong "oint and he who would
woo and win Gerty =ac'owell must be a man among men But waiting, always
waiting to be asked and it was lea" year too and would soon be over ;o
"rince charming is her beau ideal to lay a rare and wondrous love at her
feet but rather a manly man with a strong Auiet face who had not found
his ideal, "erha"s his hair slightly flecked with grey, and who would
understand, take her in his sheltering arms, strain her to him in all
the strength of his dee" "assionate nature and comfort her with a long
long kiss 3t would be like heaven 9or such a one she yearns this balmy
summer eve Dith all the heart of her she longs to be his only, his
affianced bride for riches for "oor, in sickness in health, till death
us two "art, from this to this day forward
&nd while Edy Boardman was with little Tommy behind the "ushcar she was
just thinking would the day ever come when she could call herself his
little wife to be Then they could talk about her till they went blue in
the face, Bertha 4u""le too, and Edy, little s"itfire, because she would
be twentytwo in ;ovember 4he would care for him with creature comforts
too for Gerty was womanly wise and knew that a mere man liked that
feeling of hominess :er griddlecakes done to a goldenbrown hue and
Aueen &nnBs "udding of delightful creaminess had won golden o"inions
from all because she had a lucky hand also for lighting a fire, dredge
in the fine selfraising flour and always stir in the same direction,
then cream the milk and sugar and whisk well the white of eggs though
she didnBt like the eating "art when there were any "eo"le that made her
shy and often she wondered why you couldnBt eat something "oetical like
violets or roses and they would have a beautifully a""ointed drawingroom
with "ictures and engravings and the "hotogra"h of grand"a"a Giltra"Bs
lovely dog Garryowen that almost talked it was so human and chint>
covers for the chairs and that silver toastrack in 2leryBs summer
jumble sales like they have in rich houses :e would be tall with
broad shoulders Kshe had always admired tall men for a husbandL with
glistening white teeth under his carefully trimmed swee"ing moustache
and they would go on the continent for their honeymoon Kthree wonderful
weeks@L and then, when they settled down in a nice snug and cosy little
homely house, every morning they would both have brekky, sim"le but
"erfectly served, for their own two selves and before he went out to
business he would give his dear little wifey a good hearty hug and ga>e
for a moment dee" down into her eyes
Edy Boardman asked Tommy 2affrey was he done and he said yes so then she
buttoned u" his little knickerbockers for him and told him to run off
and "lay with Jacky and to be good now and not to fight But Tommy said
he wanted the ball and Edy told him no that baby was "laying with the
ball and if he took it thereBd be wigs on the green but Tommy said it
was his ball and he wanted his ball and he "ranced on the ground, if
you "lease The tem"er of him@ 5, he was a man already was little Tommy
2affrey since he was out of "innies Edy told him no, no and to be off
now with him and she told 2issy 2affrey not to give in to him
##!ouBre not my sister, naughty Tommy said 3tBs my ball
But 2issy 2affrey told baby Boardman to look u", look u" high at her
finger and she snatched the ball Auickly and threw it along the sand and
Tommy after it in full career, having won the day
##&nything for a Auiet life, laughed 2iss
&nd she tickled tiny totBs two cheeks to make him forget and "layed
hereBs the lord mayor, hereBs his two horses, hereBs his gingerbread
carriage and here he walks in, chincho""er, chincho""er, chincho""er
chin But Edy got as cross as two sticks about him getting his own way
like that from everyone always "etting him
##3Bd like to give him something, she said, so 3 would, where 3 wonBt
##5n the beeoteetom, laughed 2issy merrily
Gerty =ac'owell bent down her head and crimsoned at the idea of 2issy
saying an unladylike thing like that out loud sheBd be ashamed of her
life to say, flushing a dee" rosy red, and Edy Boardman said she was
sure the gentleman o""osite heard what she said But not a "in cared
##$et him@ she said with a "ert toss of her head and a "iAuant tilt of
her nose Give it to him too on the same "lace as Auick as 3Bd look at
=adca" 2iss with her golliwog curls !ou had to laugh at her sometimes
9or instance when she asked you would you have some more 2hinese tea and
jas"berry ram and when she drew the jugs too and the menBs faces on her
nails with red ink make you s"lit your sides or when she wanted to go
where you know she said she wanted to run and "ay a visit to the =iss
Dhite That was just like 2issycums 5, and will you ever forget her the
evening she dressed u" in her fatherBs suit and hat and the burned cork
moustache and walked down Tritonville road, smoking a cigarette There
was none to come u" to her for fun But she was sincerity itself, one of
the bravest and truest hearts heaven ever made, not one of your twofaced
things, too sweet to be wholesome
&nd then there came out u"on the air the sound of voices and the "ealing
anthem of the organ 3t was the menBs tem"erance retreat conducted
by the missioner, the reverend John :ughes 4 J, rosary, sermon and
benediction of the =ost Blessed 4acrament They were there gathered
together without distinction of social class Kand a most edifying
s"ectacle it was to seeL in that sim"le fane beside the waves, after the
storms of this weary world, kneeling before the feet of the immaculate,
reciting the litany of 5ur $ady of $oreto, beseeching her to intercede
for them, the old familiar words, holy =ary, holy virgin of virgins :ow
sad to "oor GertyBs ears@ :ad her father only avoided the clutches of
the demon drink, by taking the "ledge or those "owders the drink habit
cured in PearsonBs Deekly, she might now be rolling in her carriage,
second to none 5ver and over had she told herself that as she mused by
the dying embers in a brown study without the lam" because she hated two
lights or oftentimes ga>ing out of the window dreamily by the hour at
the rain falling on the rusty bucket, thinking But that vile decoction
which has ruined so many hearths and homes had cist its shadow over her
childhood days ;ay, she had even witnessed in the home circle deeds of
violence caused by intem"erance and had seen her own father, a "rey to
the fumes of intoEication, forget himself com"letely for if there was
one thing of all things that Gerty knew it was that the man who lifts
his hand to a woman save in the way of kindness, deserves to be branded
as the lowest of the low
&nd still the voices sang in su""lication to the Hirgin most "owerful,
Hirgin most merciful &nd Gerty, ra"t in thought, scarce saw or heard
her com"anions or the twins at their boyish gambols or the gentleman
off 4andymount green that 2issy 2affrey called the man that was so like
himself "assing along the strand taking a short walk !ou never saw him
any way screwed but still and for all that she would not like him for a
father because he was too old or something or on account of his face
Kit was a "al"able case of 'octor 9ellL or his carbuncly nose with the
"im"les on it and his sandy moustache a bit white under his nose Poor
father@ Dith all his faults she loved him still when he sang ?Tell me,
=ary, how to woo thee? or ?=y love and cottage near 1ochelle? and they
had stewed cockles and lettuce with $a>enbyBs salad dressing for
su""er and when he sang ?The moon hath raised? with =r 'ignam that
died suddenly and was buried, God have mercy on him, from a stroke :er
motherBs birthday that was and 2harley was home on his holidays and Tom
and =r 'ignam and =rs and Patsy and 9reddy 'ignam and they were to have
had a grou" taken ;o#one would have thought the end was so near ;ow he
was laid to rest &nd her mother said to him to let that be a warning to
him for the rest of his days and he couldnBt even go to the funeral on
account of the gout and she had to go into town to bring him the
letters and sam"les from his office about 2atesbyBs cork lino, artistic,
standard designs, fit for a "alace, gives ti"to" wear and always bright
and cheery in the home
& sterling good daughter was Gerty just like a second mother in the
house, a ministering angel too with a little heart worth its weight in
gold &nd when her mother had those raging s"litting headaches who was
it rubbed the menthol cone on her forehead but Gerty though she didnBt
like her motherBs taking "inches of snuff and that was the only single
thing they ever had words about, taking snuff Everyone thought the
world of her for her gentle ways 3t was Gerty who turned off the gas at
the main every night and it was Gerty who tacked u" on the wall of that
"lace where she never forgot every fortnight the chlorate of lime =r
Tunney the grocerBs christmas almanac, the "icture of halcyon days
where a young gentleman in the costume they used to wear then with a
threecornered hat was offering a bunch of flowers to his ladylove with
oldtime chivalry through her lattice window !ou could see there was a
story behind it The colours were done something lovely 4he was in
a soft clinging white in a studied attitude and the gentleman was in
chocolate and he looked a thorough aristocrat 4he often looked at them
dreamily when she went there for a certain "ur"ose and felt her own
arms that were white and soft just like hers with the sleeves back
and thought about those times because she had found out in DalkerBs
"ronouncing dictionary that belonged to grand"a"a Giltra" about the
halcyon days what they meant
The twins were now "laying in the most a""roved brotherly fashion
till at last =aster Jacky who was really as bold as brass there was
no getting behind that deliberately kicked the ball as hard as ever he
could down towards the seaweedy rocks ;eedless to say "oor Tommy was
not slow to voice his dismay but luckily the gentleman in black who was
sitting there by himself came gallantly to the rescue and interce"ted
the ball 5ur two cham"ions claimed their "laything with lusty cries and
to avoid trouble 2issy 2affrey called to the gentleman to throw it to
her "lease The gentleman aimed the ball once or twice and then threw
it u" the strand towards 2issy 2affrey but it rolled down the slo"e and
sto""ed right under GertyBs skirt near the little "ool by the rock The
twins clamoured again for it and 2issy told her to kick it away and
let them fight for it so Gerty drew back her foot but she wished their
stu"id ball hadnBt come rolling down to her and she gave a kick but she
missed and Edy and 2issy laughed
##3f you fail try again, Edy Boardman said
Gerty smiled assent and bit her li" & delicate "ink cre"t into her
"retty cheek but she was determined to let them see so she just lifted
her skirt a little but just enough and took good aim and gave the ball a
jolly good kick and it went ever so far and the two twins after it down
towards the shingle Pure jealousy of course it was nothing else to draw
attention on account of the gentleman o""osite looking 4he felt the
warm flush, a danger signal always with Gerty =ac'owell, surging and
flaming into her cheeks Till then they had only eEchanged glances of
the most casual but now under the brim of her new hat she ventured a
look at him and the face that met her ga>e there in the twilight, wan
and strangely drawn, seemed to her the saddest she had ever seen
Through the o"en window of the church the fragrant incense was wafted
and with it the fragrant names of her who was conceived without stain of
original sin, s"iritual vessel, "ray for us, honourable vessel, "ray
for us, vessel of singular devotion, "ray for us, mystical rose &nd
careworn hearts were there and toilers for their daily bread and many
who had erred and wandered, their eyes wet with contrition but for all
that bright with ho"e for the reverend father 9ather :ughes had told
them what the great saint Bernard said in his famous "rayer of =ary, the
most "ious HirginBs intercessory "ower that it was not recorded in any
age that those who im"lored her "owerful "rotection were ever abandoned
by her
The twins were now "laying again right merrily for the troubles of
childhood are but as fleeting summer showers 2issy 2affrey "layed with
baby Boardman till he crowed with glee, cla""ing baby hands in air Pee"
she cried behind the hood of the "ushcar and Edy asked where was 2issy
gone and then 2issy "o""ed u" her head and cried ah@ and, my word,
didnBt the little cha" enjoy that@ &nd then she told him to say "a"a
##4ay "a"a, baby 4ay "a "a "a "a "a "a "a
&nd baby did his level best to say it for he was very intelligent for
eleven months everyone said and big for his age and the "icture of
health, a "erfect little bunch of love, and he would certainly turn out
to be something great, they said
##:aja ja ja haja
2issy wi"ed his little mouth with the dribbling bib and wanted him to
sit u" "ro"erly and say "a "a "a but when she undid the stra" she cried
out, holy saint 'enis, that he was "ossing wet and to double the half
blanket the other way under him 5f course his infant majesty was most
obstre"erous at such toilet formalities and he let everyone know it%
##:abaa baaaahabaaa baaaa
&nd two great big lovely big tears coursing down his cheeks 3t was all
no use soothering him with no, nono, baby, no and telling him about the
geegee and where was the "uff"uff but 2iss, always readywitted, gave
him in his mouth the teat of the suckingbottle and the young heathen was
Auickly a""eased
Gerty wished to goodness they would take their sAualling baby home out
of that and not get on her nerves, no hour to be out, and the little
brats of twins 4he ga>ed out towards the distant sea 3t was like the
"aintings that man used to do on the "avement with all the coloured
chalks and such a "ity too leaving them there to be all blotted out, the
evening and the clouds coming out and the Bailey light on :owth and to
hear the music like that and the "erfume of those incense they burned
in the church like a kind of waft &nd while she ga>ed her heart went
"ita"at !es, it was her he was looking at, and there was meaning in his
look :is eyes burned into her as though they would search her through
and through, read her very soul Donderful eyes they were, su"erbly
eE"ressive, but could you trust themC Peo"le were so Aueer 4he could
see at once by his dark eyes and his "ale intellectual face that he
was a foreigner, the image of the "hoto she had of =artin :arvey, the
matinee idol, only for the moustache which she "referred because she
wasnBt stagestruck like Dinny 1i""ingham that wanted they two to always
dress the same on account of a "lay but she could not see whether he had
an aAuiline nose or a slightly ?retroussN? from where he was sitting
:e was in dee" mourning, she could see that, and the story of a haunting
sorrow was written on his face 4he would have given worlds to know what
it was :e was looking u" so intently, so still, and he saw her kick the
ball and "erha"s he could see the bright steel buckles of her shoes if
she swung them like that thoughtfully with the toes down 4he was glad
that something told her to "ut on the trans"arent stockings thinking
1eggy Dylie might be out but that was far away :ere was that of which
she had so often dreamed 3t was he who mattered and there was joy on
her face because she wanted him because she felt instinctively that he
was like no#one else The very heart of the girlwoman went out to him,
her dreamhusband, because she knew on the instant it was him 3f he had
suffered, more sinned against than sinning, or even, even, if he had
been himself a sinner, a wicked man, she cared not Even if he was a
"rotestant or methodist she could convert him easily if he truly loved
her There were wounds that wanted healing with heartbalm 4he was a
womanly woman not like other flighty girls unfeminine he had known,
those cyclists showing off what they hadnBt got and she just yearned to
know all, to forgive all if she could make him fall in love with her,
make him forget the memory of the "ast Then mayha" he would embrace her
gently, like a real man, crushing her soft body to him, and love her,
his ownest girlie, for herself alone
1efuge of sinners 2omfortress of the afflicted ?5ra "ro nobis? Dell
has it been said that whosoever "rays to her with faith and constancy
can never be lost or cast away% and fitly is she too a haven of refuge
for the afflicted because of the seven dolours which trans"ierced
her own heart Gerty could "icture the whole scene in the church, the
stained glass windows lighted u", the candles, the flowers and the blue
banners of the blessed HirginBs sodality and 9ather 2onroy was hel"ing
2anon 5B:anlon at the altar, carrying things in and out with his eyes
cast down :e looked almost a saint and his confessionboE was so Auiet
and clean and dark and his hands were just like white waE and if ever
she became a 'ominican nun in their white habit "erha"s he might come to
the convent for the novena of 4aint 'ominic :e told her that time when
she told him about that in confession, crimsoning u" to the roots of her
hair for fear he could see, not to be troubled because that was only the
voice of nature and we were all subject to natureBs laws, he said, in
this life and that that was no sin because that came from the nature of
woman instituted by God, he said, and that 5ur Blessed $ady herself said
to the archangel Gabriel be it done unto me according to Thy Dord :e
was so kind and holy and often and often she thought and thought could
she work a ruched teacosy with embroidered floral design for him as a
"resent or a clock but they had a clock she noticed on the mantel"iece
white and gold with a canarybird that came out of a little house to tell
the time the day she went there about the flowers for the forty hoursB
adoration because it was hard to know what sort of a "resent to give or
"erha"s an album of illuminated views of 'ublin or some "lace
The eEas"erating little brats of twins began to Auarrel again and Jacky
threw the ball out towards the sea and they both ran after it $ittle
monkeys common as ditchwater 4omeone ought to take them and give them
a good hiding for themselves to kee" them in their "laces, the both of
them &nd 2issy and Edy shouted after them to come back because they
were afraid the tide might come in on them and be drowned
##Jacky@ Tommy@
;ot they@ Dhat a great notion they had@ 4o 2issy said it was the very
last time sheBd ever bring them out 4he jum"ed u" and called them and
she ran down the slo"e "ast him, tossing her hair behind her which had
a good enough colour if there had been more of it but with all the
thingamerry she was always rubbing into it she couldnBt get it to grow
long because it wasnBt natural so she could just go and throw her hat at
it 4he ran with long gandery strides it was a wonder she didnBt ri" u"
her skirt at the side that was too tight on her because there was a lot
of the tomboy about 2issy 2affrey and she was a forward "iece whenever
she thought she had a good o""ortunity to show and just because she was
a good runner she ran like that so that he could see all the end of her
"etticoat running and her skinny shanks u" as far as "ossible 3t
would have served her just right if she had tri""ed u" over something
accidentally on "ur"ose with her high crooked 9rench heels on her to
make her look tall and got a fine tumble ?Tableau@? That would have
been a very charming eE"ose for a gentleman like that to witness
Gueen of angels, Aueen of "atriarchs, Aueen of "ro"hets, of all saints,
they "rayed, Aueen of the most holy rosary and then 9ather 2onroy handed
the thurible to 2anon 5B:anlon and he "ut in the incense and censed the
Blessed 4acrament and 2issy 2affrey caught the two twins and she was
itching to give them a ringing good cli" on the ear but she didnBt
because she thought he might be watching but she never made a bigger
mistake in all her life because Gerty could see without looking that
he never took his eyes off of her and then 2anon 5B:anlon handed the
thurible back to 9ather 2onroy and knelt down looking u" at the Blessed
4acrament and the choir began to sing the ?Tantum ergo? and she just
swung her foot in and out in time as the music rose and fell to
the ?Tantumer gosa cramen tum? Three and eleven she "aid for those
stockings in 4"arrowBs of GeorgeBs street on the Tuesday, no the =onday
before Easter and there wasnBt a brack on them and that was what he
was looking at, trans"arent, and not at her insignificant ones that had
neither sha"e nor form Kthe cheek of her@L because he had eyes in his
head to see the difference for himself
2issy came u" along the strand with the two twins and their ball with
her hat anyhow on her to one side after her run and she did look a
streel tugging the two kids along with the flimsy blouse she bought only
a fortnight before like a rag on her back and a bit of her "etticoat
hanging like a caricature Gerty just took off her hat for a moment to
settle her hair and a "rettier, a daintier head of nutbrown tresses was
never seen on a girlBs shoulders##a radiant little vision, in sooth,
almost maddening in its sweetness !ou would have to travel many a long
mile before you found a head of hair the like of that 4he could almost
see the swift answering flash of admiration in his eyes that set her
tingling in every nerve 4he "ut on her hat so that she could see from
underneath the brim and swung her buckled shoe faster for her breath
caught as she caught the eE"ression in his eyes :e was eying her as a
snake eyes its "rey :er womanBs instinct told her that she had raised
the devil in him and at the thought a burning scarlet swe"t from throat
to brow till the lovely colour of her face became a glorious rose
Edy Boardman was noticing it too because she was sAuinting at Gerty,
half smiling, with her s"ecs like an old maid, "retending to nurse the
baby 3rritable little gnat she was and always would be and that was why
no#one could get on with her "oking her nose into what was no concern of
hers &nd she said to Gerty%
##& "enny for your thoughts
##DhatC re"lied Gerty with a smile reinforced by the whitest of teeth 3
was only wondering was it late
Because she wished to goodness theyBd take the snottynosed twins and
their babby home to the mischief out of that so that was why she just
gave a gentle hint about its being late &nd when 2issy came u" Edy
asked her the time and =iss 2issy, as glib as you like, said it was half
"ast kissing time, time to kiss again But Edy wanted to know because
they were told to be in early
##Dait, said 2issy, 3Bll run ask my uncle Peter over there whatBs the
time by his conundrum
4o over she went and when he saw her coming she could see him take his
hand out of his "ocket, getting nervous, and beginning to "lay with his
watchchain, looking u" at the church Passionate nature though he was
Gerty could see that he had enormous control over himself 5ne moment he
had been there, fascinated by a loveliness that made him ga>e, and the
neEt moment it was the Auiet gravefaced gentleman, selfcontrol eE"ressed
in every line of his distinguishedlooking figure
2issy said to eEcuse her would he mind "lease telling